Touted as a tennis prodigy since her impressive showings at major tournaments in 2019, 19-year-old Coco Gauff is now a Grand Slam champion after winning the U.S. Open on Saturday.
Gauff defeated Aryna Sabalenka, the new #1 ranked women’s tennis player, in three sets to claim the first major title of her career. She became the youngest woman to win the U.S. Open since Serena Williams in 1999. The victory caps off a dominant summer for Gauff, who also won WTA events in Washington D.C. and Cincinnati last month.
The win was also a significant moment in sneakers, particularly for Gauff and her partners at New Balance. She won the tournament wearing her debut signature model, the New Balance Coco GC 1, the only current signature shoe in women’s tennis. Now part of history, the “Brick Red” colorway is still available to purchase, but only in limited sizes.