LONDON – Among the many remarkable things that happened to Cori "Coco" Gauff on Saturday, the 15-year-old actually lost a game of tennis.
But no matter. Being tweeted by Michelle Obama, Jaden Smith and Samuel L Jackson among others more than made up for losing her mixed doubles match with Jay Clarke 6-1 6-4 to Robert Lindstedt and Jelena Ostapenko.
Gauff, the American teenager who has proved the revelation of Wimbledon's first week by reaching the fourth round of the women's singles, was still pinching herself at her celebrity status. She said she was delighted that her country's former First Lady had tweeted 'Coco is terrific'.
"I was super excited, She's one of my role models. So it was just cool to see that she knows I exist," said Gauff, whose Instagram account showed her clowning round and swooning at news of all her famous backers.
"I saw videos back at home of people screaming after a match. And I saw somebody painted a mural of me in Fort Lauderdale. That was pretty cool."