Coco Gauff revealed she got a little bit bored during her seven-day break from any tennis-related activities after the US Open. On September 9th, 19-year-old Gauff became a Grand Slam champion after beating Aryna Sabalenka 2-6 6-3 6-2 in the US Open final.
After winning three titles during the North American hard court swing, Gauff returned to her home in Florida and decided to give herself a short break from tennis. "Once I got home, it was pretty chill. I took a week off, which is the longest I've ever taken off from tennis.
It was a little bit weird having nothing to do. Then we had a little celebration with all my friends and family could go to in Florida. After that, right back to training and back to getting back to work, which honestly, I was eager to get back.
A week was a long time for me to take off," Gauff said during her pre-tournament press conference in Beijing, via the WTA website.
Gauff: It was honestly a little bit weird
After emotions settled following the US Open, Gauff admitted she felt "a little bit weird." "It was honestly a little bit weird, because it was just one of the biggest things in your life, then you go home and you're back to cleaning and doing all the regular stuff that you do.
But I'm not surprised. I know I have lots of tennis left in me. I don't want to just dwell on this. It was amazing, but it's time to move on," Gauff said. Now that Gauff is a Grand Slam champion, she wants to work hard on landing more Majors titles. "I think maybe because my eagerness and my ambition is so high, I don't want to end at just one [Slam].
I don't feel any different. The first couple days I did, then once I got home, I was like, 'OK, it's back to normal,'" Gauff said. Gauff is returning to action in Beijing, where she is playing against Ekaterina Alexandrova in the first round.
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