Love all! Michelle and Barack celebrate with A-listers Anna Wintour, the Baldwins, Mike Tyson and Danny DeVito to watch Coco Gauff’s opening match at the US Open

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Michelle and Barack Obama joined other A-listers including Anna Wintour, Alec Baldwin, Mike Tyson and Danny DeVito at the US open to watch Coco Gauff’s opening match last night.

Gauff did not disappoint, overcoming a difficult first set to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and advance to the second round of the tournament.

The former First Lady also went to the court on Monday night to pay a rousing tribute to Billie Jean King marking the 50th anniversary of the US Open becoming the first Grand Slam tennis tournament to pay equal prize money to men and women.

Obama introduced the 79-year-old tennis legend by recalling how King, the U.S. Open champion in 1972, rallied her fellow women players to successfully threaten a boycott of the next year’s tournament unless women got the same pay as men. 

King promised never to stop fighting to maintain that hard-won progress to cheers from the star-studded crowd.

Guaff, a 19-year-old from Florida, was able to meet the Obamas after her win over Laura Siegemund in a match that had grown contentious over Siegemund’s delay tactics between points.

During the match, the former President was all smiles as he donned a grey jacket and white button-down, while the former First Lady looked engrossed in the match in a black cover-up on top of a blue dress.

Wintour, a frequent attendee, wore her trademark sunglasses along with a floral red, blue and black shirt, while Alec Baldwin dressed in a suit and tie for the occasion alongside wife Hilaria Baldwin.

Former first lady Michelle Obama wears party sunglasses during the opening ceremony of the  U.S. Open tennis championships on Monday night in New York

Former first lady Michelle Obama wears party sunglasses during the opening ceremony of the  U.S. Open tennis championships on Monday night in New York 

Former President of the United States Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate after Coco Gauff wins a game over Laura Siegemund of Germany in the first round in Arthur Ashe Stadium

Former President of the United States Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate after Coco Gauff wins a game over Laura Siegemund of Germany in the first round in Arthur Ashe Stadium

Former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama (left) and 15-year old Gabi Bell of Brooklyn, New York are recognized during a ceremony honoring 50 years of equal pay at the U.S Open

Former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama (left) and 15-year old Gabi Bell of Brooklyn, New York are recognized during a ceremony honoring 50 years of equal pay at the U.S Open

Lakiha Spicer and husband Mike Tyson attend match between Coco Gauff of USA and Laura Siegemund of Germany

Lakiha Spicer and husband Mike Tyson attend match between Coco Gauff of USA and Laura Siegemund of Germany

Actor Danny Devito is seen at the opening day 2023 US Open Tennis Tournament on Monday

Actor Danny Devito is seen at the opening day 2023 US Open Tennis Tournament on Monday

The crowd was certainly in Gauff's corner in Flushing on Monday night at the US Open

The crowd was certainly in Gauff’s corner in Flushing on Monday night at the US Open 

Tyson seemed to be in good spirits alongside wife Lakiha Spicer, as he opted for a blue blazer to watch Gauff. The former heavyweight champion attended all 12 rounds of the US Open in 2022. 

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DeVito, also in a black blazer and glasses, could be seen clapping during the match, in which Siegemund surprisingly won the first set 6-3. Gauff battled back in the second set for a 6-2 win to force a third frame. 

He was seated next to former Olympic skier Lindsay Vonn, who watched the match with her boyfriend Diego Osorio.

Musician Seal was also at the match in a grey blazer, looking focused on what would be a difficult night for Gauff, who was coming off two tournament victories earlier this month. 

Gauff already was down a set on Day 1 of the U.S. Open when she found herself locked in a marathon of a 30-point, 25-plus-minute game to begin the second set. Sure, there still was plenty of time to come back Monday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium, but this felt pivotal. 

Alec Baldwin was dressed in a suit and tie for the occasion alongside wife Hilaria Baldwin

Alec Baldwin was dressed in a suit and tie for the occasion alongside wife Hilaria Baldwin

British and American media executive Anna Wintour looks on during first-round action

British and American media executive Anna Wintour looks on during first-round action 

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama smile at each other at the US Open

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama smile at each other at the US Open

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama smile at the US Open on Monday night

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama smile at the US Open on Monday night

Actor Danny DeVito appeared to be impressed with what he saw at the US Open on Monday

Actor Danny DeVito appeared to be impressed with what he saw at the US Open on Monday 

Mike Tyson and his wife Lakiha Spicer are pictured at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night

Mike Tyson and his wife Lakiha Spicer are pictured at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night

The 19-year-old from Florida had lost her past two Grand Slam matches — including a first-round exit at Wimbledon last month — and did not want to leave quietly or quickly this time. 

With thousands of partisan fans getting rowdier by the moment, the sixth-seeded Gauff finally converted on her eighth break point of that game, and wound up beating German qualifier Laura Siegemund 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and reaching the second round at Flushing Meadows.

Once she had the lead, the biggest frustration for Gauff was the way Siegemund would make her wait to play the next point. 

Siegemund repeatedly took her time and, early in the last set, was warned by chair umpire Marijana Veljovic. 

Brad Gilbert, who is one of two coaches working with Gauff lately, shook his head at how long it took Veljovic to intervene, and his reaction drew a smile from Gauff.

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‘She’s never ready when I’m serving… How is this fair?’ Gauff told Veljovic. ‘I’m going a normal speed. Ask any ref here… I’ve been quiet the whole match… Now it’s ridiculous. I don’t care what she’s doing on her serve, but (on) my serve, she has to be ready.’

British singer, songwriter, and record producer Seal, looks on during first-round play

British singer, songwriter, and record producer Seal, looks on during first-round play 

American actor Alec Baldwin and his Massachusetts-born wife Hilaria attend the US Open

American actor Alec Baldwin and his Massachusetts-born wife Hilaria attend the US Open 

American former World Cup alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn (R) and boyfriend Diego Osorio

American former World Cup alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn (R) and boyfriend Diego Osorio

Obama hugs former US tennis player Billie Jean King during the opening night ceremony of the 2023 US Open tennis tournament

Obama hugs former US tennis player Billie Jean King during the opening night ceremony of the 2023 US Open tennis tournament

Gauff wound up dropping that game — but then not another. Later, Siegemund was docked a point for delaying, which put Gauff up 5-1. That prompted Siegemund to argue her case to Veljovic — ‘I can’t go to the towel anymore?’ — and drew some jeers from the crowd.

There was another hiccup for Gauff toward the finish: She served for the match at 5-2 in the third, but double-faulted three times. Those were her only double-faults of the entire 2-hour, 51-minute match.

In the end, she held on, and it was Gauff’s 12th victory in 13 matches since the disappointing showing at the All England Club. This recent run includes the two biggest titles of the American’s career and a win over No. 1 Iga Swiatek.

Gauff and Swiatek could meet in the quarterfinals next week.

Following the hard-fought match, Gauff was able to meet the Obamas – and even received some advice. 

Speaking about when she saw them in the room, Gauff said: ‘I was like, “Oh, my God”. 

‘I haven’t soaked it in because I literally just walked in here. I think I’m going to never forget that moment for the rest of my life. I went from being really upset after a win to, like, being really happy. So I’m glad I got to meet them. They gave me some good advice, too.’

And the bit of wisdom that was offered?

The former first lady ‘said it’s good to speak up for myself. I think she was happy that I spoke up for myself today,’ recounted Gauff, the 2022 French Open runner-up said, referring to a discussion with the chair umpire about the way Siegemund took extra time between points.

Michelle Obama also went to the court Monday night to participate in a tribute to Billie Jean King marking the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Open becoming the first Grand Slam tennis tournament to pay equal prize money to women. 

Former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama is introduced during a ceremony honoring 50 years of equal pay at the U.S Open

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Former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama is introduced during a ceremony honoring 50 years of equal pay at the U.S Open

Former US tennis player Billie Jean King speaks during the opening night ceremony of the 2023 US Open tennis tournament

Former US tennis player Billie Jean King speaks during the opening night ceremony of the 2023 US Open tennis tournament

(L to R) Chairman of the Board and President of the United States Tennis Association Brian Hainline, 15-year old Gabi Bell of Brooklyn, New York, American former world No. 1 tennis player Billie Jean King, former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama, and American singer, songwriter, and pianist Sara Bareilles

(L to R) Chairman of the Board and President of the United States Tennis Association Brian Hainline, 15-year old Gabi Bell of Brooklyn, New York, American former world No. 1 tennis player Billie Jean King, former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama, and American singer, songwriter, and pianist Sara Bareilles

‘Billie Jean teaches us that when things lie in the balance, we all have a choice to make. We can either wait around and accept what we’re given. We can sit silently and hope someone else fights our battles. Or we can make our own stand,’ Michelle Obama said during the ceremony between Gauff’s match and 23-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic’s contest that followed next in Ashe. 

‘We can use whatever platforms we have to speak out and fight to protect the progress we’ve made, and level the playing field for all of our daughters and their daughters.’

In 1972, when King won the U.S. Open, she earned $10,000 for her title, $15,000 less than what the men’s champion made. She threatened to not play at all the next year – and added that no other women would, either.

King then helped recruit a sponsor that stepped in and helped make up the difference in 1973, so the two singles champions were paid the same amount: $25,000. It wasn’t until more than 30 years later that Wimbledon became the last major tennis tournament to pay its singles champions equally.

‘Even today, there are far too many tournaments out there that still need to give equal pay to women. … Let us remember all of this is far bigger than a champion’s paycheck,’ Michelle Obama said Monday. ‘This is about how women are seen and valued in this world.’

She also attended the U.S. Open last year, when she saw American Frances Tiafoe play during his run to the semifinals.

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