Coco Gauff enjoys Cancun: "I'm like a mermaid, seeing the beach is a dream"

The young US tennis player shares beautiful words for the Mexican city

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Coco Gauff enjoys Cancun: "I'm like a mermaid, seeing the beach is a dream"
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The young North American tennis star Coco Gauff is one of the favorites for the final victory at the WTA Finals which, for the 2023 edition, will be played in the Mexican city of Cancun starting from October 30th. The 2023 US Open winner is enjoying the city of Cancun and she described herself as a mermaid, and waking up every day and seeing the beach is a dream.

During the evening of the Grand Gala, the American tennis player explained, as reported in the video shared by the X account The Tennis Letter: "Just a lot of fun. I'm hoping to play some good tennis. I've been practicing well, hopefully I can transfer that onto the match court.

The Mexican fans? Oh, they're really great. I didn't play Guadalajara this year but I played last year and the fans were really receiving and supportive of me so hopefully I can get the same support here. Cancun reminds me of home.

I live close to Miami so I'm really familiar, everything seems familiar here. The weather's pretty much similar and obviously the beach. I love the beach. I'm like a mermaid so to wake up everyday and see the beach is a dream."

Billie Jean King praises Coco Gauff: "Example of social justice"

As reported by People, Billie Jean King considers Coco Gauff's victory at the 2023 US Open as an example of social justice.

"That Coco won was just amazing. When I see her, she's the reason we fought so hard 50 years ago. She is truly fantastic for our sport and I think she is a huge force. She comes from her grandmother, Yvonne Lee Odom. She was the first black girl to attend an all-white school in Delray.

Listening to her story, if you're a granddaughter and you hear your grandmother talk about going to a white school and being the only black child, I think that's a huge selling point for her. But I want her to be happy, that's the first thing.

It's really exciting to watch her and she's a great athlete," explained the former US tennis legend. At 19 years and 181 days, Coco Gauff won her first Slam title, thus becoming the third young American tennis player to triumph in the women's tournament in New York, equaling the feats of Serena Williams (1999) and Tracy Austin (1979 and 1981).

Thanks to this victory, Gauff rose to third place in the world rankings, the best result of her career so far. And it seems that the best is yet to come for her.

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