Biden, Obama and Clinton congratulate Coco Gauff on her US Open tennis title

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Former President Barack Obama congratulated Coco Gauff on Saturday on her US Open title, less than two weeks after attending her first return to the tournament.

After Gauff rallied to beat Aryna Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, messages quickly poured in on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter in celebration of the 19-year-old American's first Grand Slam title. .

"We couldn't be more proud of you on and off the field, and we know the best is yet to come," Barack Obama wrote.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, were at Arthur Ashe Stadium on opening night when Gauff rallied to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. They met her after the match, which was followed by a tribute to Billie Jean King as part of the US Open's 50th anniversary celebration, becoming the first sporting event to offer equal prize money to male and female champions.

Michelle Obama also sent congratulations with a picture of their match, while Clinton wrote: “The future of American tennis looks bright. »

"The support I've received is incredible," Gauff said. "Obviously, President Obama and former first lady Michelle are crazy because they were here for my first-round game, and now I'm a different person."

Gauff and her parents also received a congratulatory phone call from President Joe Biden, who was in New Delhi for the Group of 20 summit.

Gauff thanked King for leading the fight for the money when she picked up her $3 million winner's check. King responded to a tweet showing video of that moment, posting, "This generation is living the Original 9 dream," referring to her and the other women who signed $1 contracts to launch a women's pro circuit in 1970.

Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson congratulated Gauff and praised her parents, writing, "Corey and Candi, you've done an excellent job!"

And Gauff received praise from competitors, with 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens telling her: “My girl, you are amazing!!! «

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