Coco Gauff sounds off on 'foul' USTA artwork: 'Hideous, made us look so ugly'

Gauff wasn't impressed with the USTA's post.

by Dzevad Mesic
Coco Gauff sounds off on 'foul' USTA artwork: 'Hideous, made us look so ugly'
© Getty Images Sport - Graham Denholm

Coco Gauff wasn't particularly impressed with the USTA's artwork created for the Australian Open, describing it as "foul" and adding that it made her and fellow Americans on the poster "look ugly."

On Sunday, the USTA posted a creation inspired by the American cartoon show "The Wild Thornberrys." After seeing the post, reigning US Open champion Gauff used the word "hideous" to describe the depictions. 

"Worst thing I've ever seen," Gauff wrote in a since-deleted Instagram Story. 

"Like a caricature artist decided to make (us) all look like hideous looking people. The art style is cool for a cartoon show but not for a hype post. Foul."

USTAs artwork
USTAs artwork© Coco Gauff - Instagram

Gauff: It made us look so ugly 

Gauff also commented on the depictions on X, stating that the depiction made her "look so ugly."

"Y'all I know it is a cartoon show but I think I would prefer to be drawn as a Bratz art style and not this. This is makes us all look so ugly," Gauff wrote on X in a since-deleted post.

On X, some fans posted about the comments Gauff left on Instagram. Reflecting on that, Gauff claimed: "I was joking. a few us were joking about it omg."

Gauff sent out another post, in which she defended herself: "I was bored in my hotel room. I’m sorry y’all it was just a kiki plz let me breathe. Tennis twitter is funny but ruthless haha omg."

Meanwhile, No. 4 seed Gauff is opening her campaign at Melbourne Park on Sunday. 

Coco Gauff
Coco Gauff© Getty Images Sport - Graham Denholm

In her Australian Open first-round match, Gauff will be taking on 67th-ranked Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Going into the match, Gauff owns a 2-0 head-to-head against Schmiedlova and she is the big favorite to also clinch her third win over the German in Melbourne.

After winning the US Open fourth months ago, Gauff is bidding to also win the Australian Open and clinch back-to-back Grand Slam titles.

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