“Honestly, thank you to the people who didn’t believe in me. A month ago, I won a 500 title and people said I would stop at that,” she said in a TV interview from center court. “I’m here with this trophy right now. I tried my best to carry this with grace and I’ve been doing my best. So honestly, to those who thought [they] were putting water on my fire, you were really adding gas to it. And now I’m really burning so bright right now.”
Gauff won plaudits from two former U.S. presidents. Both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton took to Twitter to congratulate her, with Obama writing, “We know the best is yet to come.”
Former First Lady Michelle Obama shared an image of herself and her husband alongside Gauff and her mother and father, writing, “So proud of you, @CocoGauff! Your hard work and grit was on display throughout this tournament.”
Most eye-catching reaction goes to the MSG Sphere in Las Vegas, which turned its round exterior screen into a giant tennis ball.