London - Teenage
sensation Coco Gauff's life-changing experience at Wimbledon moved to a
new level on Saturday with former United States First Lady Michelle
Obama tweeting about her.
The 15-year-old - who has been the star of the first week of the
championships in both her on and off court performances - said she was
ecstatic about that as Barack Obama's wife was her role model.
"I just saw the tweet," said Gauff after she had lost her mixed doubles first round match on Saturday.
Obama had tweeted: "Coco is terrific."
"We don't talk personally. I don't have her number or anything. I would like that," added Gauff.
"I was super excited. She's one of my role models.
"So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist."
Gauff, who has come the whole way from qualifying to reach the last
16 and plays former world No 1 Simona Halep on Monday, said she
liked the dignified way Michelle Obama behaved.
"Just the way she kind of handles herself," said Gauff.
"When she was, when Mr. (Barack) Obama was in office (2009-17), she
got a lot of slack for it, but I think she carried herself well the
For Gauff - who has also had pop superstar Beyonce's mother Tina
Knowles post her on Instagram - there have been many highlights over
the past week but she picked out two in particular.
"Jaden (rapper Jaden Smith) and Michelle Obama tweeting about me," she said.