Coco Gauff has mocked a “hype post” created by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as “hideous” as the US Open champion said the cartoon made her and her fellow American players look “so ugly”.
The social media post by the USTA depicted the seeded American players at this month’s Australian Open in the style of the Wild Thornberrys cartoon but was swiftly deleted.
“Like a caricature artist decided to make [us] all look like hideous looking people,” Gauff said.
“The art style is cool for a cartoon show but not for a hype post. Foul.”
The 19-year-old added: “Y’all I know it is a cartoon show but I think I would prefer to be drawn as a Bratz art style and not this. This makes us all look so ugly.”
The American’s doubles partner and world No 5 Jessica Pegula voiced her agreement, replying to Gauff: ““Hahahahhaha we are ugly af,” she wrote.
Rising American star Ben Shelton, who was also depicted in the cartoon, added: “I better not find out who did this.”
American players Sebastian Korda, Taylor Fritz, Frances Tiafoe, Tommy Paul and Emma Navarro were also featured in the post.
On Monday Gauff said her initial posts were meant to be funny, not serious, but she reiterated that the image had made all the Americans look bad.
“People thought I was being serious, that I was actually mad with it,” Gauff said. “And I realize TikTok humor is very different than Twitter. I was like, no, I wasn’t mad. We looked awful (smiling).”
Gauff said Shelton had posted first about the story, then Pegula got involved, texting her about it. “We were just laughing at each person, we were laughing at Sebi (Korda)’s, I think Ben and Sebi had the worst ones.