This Friday, on the sidelines of the US Open, whose qualifications are coming to an end, the 18-year-old player revealed that she had received her first sum of money by playing the double of Serena Williams in an advertisement for the company. American airline Delta.
“I first met Serena – she certainly doesn’t know – I think I was nine or 10, said Gauff. They needed a stunt double to play a young version of her face down. I don’t think they used it, but it was, like, my first check that I got as a kid. She doesn’t know it, but the first money I made was thanks to her. »
And while the tennis legend is going to play his last US Open, his young compatriot also wanted to testify to the importance of the youngest of the Williams sisters in his life. “Growing up, I never thought I was different because the world number one was someone who looked like me. I think that’s the most important thing I can take away from what I learned from Serena. »