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Michelle Obama and Teenage Tennis Star Coco Gauff Exchange Autographs at the Citi Open in Washington (Photo)

Aby Rivas
Aug 07, 2019
12:40 A.M.
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Tennis rising star Cori “Coco” Gauff met former first lady Michelle Obama and was left “speechless” by the encounter.

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The 15-year-old player and Obama exchanged their autographs and posed together for a memorable photo that they later shared praising each other.

As Coco Gauff visited Washington D.C to play in the City Open — where she won her first WTA doubles titles alongside partner Catherine McNally — the tennis star had the chance to meet one of her idols: Michelle Obama.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

The former first lady first acknowledged Gauff last June, after her third-round comeback over Polona Hercog.

“Coco is terrific!" Obama tweeted alongside a clip of highlights from that game.

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Following the tweet, Gauff told CNN that she was excited to receive Obama’s attention since she’s one of her idols. “It was just cool to see that she knows I exist,” the teenager said.

Last Thursday, the pair had a chance to meet face to face finally.

MEETING WITH GREATNESS

Gauff first took to Twitter to post a photo of the hug she shared with Obama, explaining in her caption that she was left “speechless.”

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"I think there are some 15-year-olds, like me, who wouldn't know what to do at Wimbledon. Then you have a 15-year-old like Coco who knows what to do." - Serena Williams.

Later, it was Michelle who shared a photo posing alongside Coco, which shows they exchanged signed memorabilia to mark the encounter.

Gauff gifted Obama with one of her tennis racquets and Obama gave her a copy of her 2018 memoir book, “Becoming.”

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“Today I got to meet my idol @michelleobama,” Coco wrote on Instagram. “Her words and wisdom on my journey will stay with me on the court over the course of my career. She is a true inspiration. I have never arrived. I am always becoming! Thank you for your time.”

Obama, on the other hand, said that she was “thrilled” to visit Gauff, and continued:

“When we talk about the potential of our young people, we often think about it as some far-off promise, years or decades away. But the truth is they have so much to offer us right now—something we all saw a few weeks ago at Wimbledon. Coco is a wonderful young woman who’s showing us that we don’t have to wait to see what the next generation can do.”

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COCO’S RISING POPULARITY

Coco Gauff, who is still a high school student, became the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon’s main event and beat her idol and inspiration, Venus Williams in a historic game that proved the world what she’s capable of.

Even 23-times Grand slam winner Serena Williams praised the girl, saying that she’s a big fan and “I am so excited for her. Love her family. Gosh, I just couldn't feel more proud."

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"I think there are some 15-year-olds, like me, who wouldn't know what to do at Wimbledon," Serena told reporters after winning the fourth round of Wimbledon. "Then you have a 15-year-old like Coco who knows what to do."

Gauff is now looking forward to playing in the U.S Open.

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