Coco Gauff shares unexpected but memorable moment after crushing Indian Wells exit

One family made sure to brighten up Gauff after the American's Indian Wells semifinal loss.

by Dzevad Mesic
Coco Gauff shares unexpected but memorable moment after crushing Indian Wells exit
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Coco Gauff's Indian Wells campaign ended in a disappointing way but the American tennis star later had a moment that cheered her up as a family surprised her by paying for her meal at the "In-N-Out" drive-through and sharing her a kind note in which they praised her personality but also tennis quality. 

On Friday, home favorite Gauff's hopes of winning her first Indian Wells title ended after Maria Sakkari handed the American a 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-2 loss in the semifinal. The match itself was very physically and mentally demanding as there were two rain delays and world No. 3 Gauff also lost the match despite previously saving three match points in the second set. 

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After concluding her Indian Wells campaign earlier than she wanted, the top-ranked American female tennis player decided to treat herself with an In-N-Out burger. At the drive-through, Gauff had a very pleasant experience with one family and she took a selfie with their two young kids, who looked absolutely thrilled to meet the 20-year-old star. 

Gauff posts about the encounter on Instagram

“Coco, thanks for being an amazing role model! You were one heck of a fighter tonight. We sure love you! Love the Rowley family from Utah,” the written message that Gauff received read.

When revealing the Rowley family message, Gauff also said: “Thank you to the Rowley family for giving me this while at the drive-thru at In-N-Out. And they paid for my meal. Always positives even in the losses. Human connections like this mean a lot especially after tough matches so thank you!”

But it didn't end there as Steve Rowley, the father of the two young kids, wrote to Gauff on X: “Thank you @CocoGauff for making these kids dreams come true tonight at the ‘In and Out’ drive-thru. You played an incredible match and fought hard! The kids were so happy when they saw you posted about it on your Insta Stories as well! Sending much love!"

After Indian Wells, Gauff's next tournament is Miami, where she will try to win her first title at the tournament.

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