Tony Dungy corrects 'SportsCenter': Coco Gauff was praying, not reacting

01:11 11.09.2023

In a stunning comeback, Coco Gauff claimed her first U.S. Open title after defeating Aryna Sabalenka in a thrilling match. As the tennis prodigy celebrated her victory, ESPN's SportsCenter X account tweeted that Gauff took a moment to "soak it all in" after winning her first Grand Slam title. However, Super Bowl champion head coach Tony Dungy didn't agree with the account's interpretation and took to social media to set the record straight.

Dungy, known for his strong Christian faith, pointed out that Gauff was actually praying in that moment. He criticized the SportsCenter account, stating, "I hate to break this to you SportsCenter, but Coco Gauff was not 'soaking it all in' at this moment. She was praying. She has been very open about her Christian faith in the past. It seems pretty obvious what she is doing here."

Indeed, Gauff has been vocal about her faith throughout her career. After winning her first Grand Slam title, Gauff expressed her gratitude and discussed the significance of the victory on home soil. Overwhelmed with emotions, Gauff admitted, "Oh my goodness. It means so much to me. I feel like I'm a little bit in shock in this moment. That French Open loss was a heartbreak for me. I realized God puts you through tribulations and trials. This makes this moment even more sweeter than I could imagine."

Gauff further revealed that she doesn't pray for specific results but instead asks for strength to give her best effort. She acknowledged her blessings in life and expressed her gratitude for the incredible moment. Gauff's unwavering faith and resilience have undoubtedly played a significant role in her journey to success.

Notably, Gauff's victory also marks a historic moment in American tennis. At just 18 years old, she becomes the youngest American, male or female, to win the U.S. Open since Serena Williams achieved the feat at age 19 in 2001. Gauff joins the esteemed company of Williams and Tracy Austin as the only American teenagers to claim the prestigious tournament.

Gauff's previous best performance in Queens came last year when she reached the quarterfinals. However, she faced disappointment in the 2022 French Open, losing to Iga Swiatek. Nevertheless, Gauff's resilience and determination propelled her to this outstanding triumph at the U.S. Open.

Reporting on this news item, Fox News' Ryan Morik contributed valuable insights and analysis. Gauff's remarkable victory, combined with her unwavering faith, serves as an inspiration to athletes and fans worldwide.

/ Monday, September 11, 2023, 1:11 AM /

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