Coco Gauff thought it was “funny” how her outfit went viral on X after a fan account posted a made-up Gauff quote claiming that the 19-year-old American was paying homage to Serena Williams with her yellow Australian Open outfit.
Last week, Gauff’s outfit for the 2024 Australian Open featuring a yellow top and a yellow shirt was revealed. After seeing Gauff’s outfit, one fan was reminded of a yellow outfit that Williams rocked during the 2016 Australian Open.
The fan decided to have some fun with it, posting the outfit and writing a made-up Gauff quote: “With this kit, I definitely wanted to channel my inner Serena. She is an inspiration on and off the court so this one is for her… it even has the lil crop top she had.”
On Monday, Gauff introduced her yellow outfit as the top-ranked American made a winning start at Melbourne Park after dismantling Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3 6-0.
Coco Gauff© Getty Images Sport – Cameron Spencer
After the match, Gauff admitted she fell for the prank initially and even contacted her agent before realizing that the post was fake. Still, Gauff found it funny and noted she has no problems if some consider her yellow outfit a homage to Williams, the player she idolized.
Gauff: If some think this is a homage to Williams, that’s cool
“Yeah, if you want to make it a homage to her [Serena Williams], that’s really cool. That wasn’t the thought process behind it. I love Serena, and I think she has the best fashion game on the court and off the court and everything,” Gauff added.
“So, yeah, it wasn’t an homage to her, but it was funny how that tweet kind of circulated. I know that account was probably, like, going to laugh at this.”
Coco Gauff© Getty Images Sport – Julian Finney
For Gauff, the most important thing is that she has gotten off to a fast start to her Australian Open campaign. After losing just three games in her opener, Gauff will also be looking to deliver a strong performance against Caroline Dolehide in the Australian Open second round.