Coco Gauff tells fans ‘please don’t sing that’ over song with ulterior meaning

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New US Open champion Coco Gauff has asked her fans not to sing a particular song that has been associated with the young American at the tournament. The 19-year-old home star defeated Aryna Sabalenka 2-6 6-3 6-2 to send the crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium into raptures.

Gauff claimed her first Grand Slam and became the first American US Open winner since Sloane Stephens in 2017, as an overwhelmingly supportive home crowd sang her name long into the night amid celebrations, with American tennis enjoying a huge boom in recent years after Ben Shelton also reached the semi-finals of the men’s tournament.

In New York, those supporting Gauff have played and sung to O.T. Genasis’ record titled ‘CoCo’ which has the famous hook of “I’m in love with the Coco” but Gauff has asked that fans no longer sing that to her due to the actual meaning behind the song.

“No, I did not want them to play that because it does not mean my name,” Gauff said in her post-match press conference as she chuckled through her response. “It means something else. But sometimes people in the crowd do say that, and I’m, like, yeah, that’s cute, but please no.”

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The song that went viral in 2014 is explicitly about the use of cocaine, though the artist has spoken about how he did not want to glamourise the drug through the hit single – but instead highlight the realities of substance abuse.

In an interview with Vlad TV, O.T. Genasis said: “I come from the ghetto, so I see everything from street dudes to drug dealers. I’ve seen everything… So, I felt like I had to talk about it, you know what I’m saying?”

Though Gauff has since played down her association with the song, she instead spoke about another hit in Jay-Z’s Empire State Of Mind that she felt reflected the journey she had been on in the tournament.

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When asked for a short phrase that would sum up her US Open run, Gauff replied: “I think the three words I would put it in is ‘Dreams come true’, and that this is crazy. I still have no words. I don’t think it can be put into words.

“But, you know, there is a song lyric that I want to use for my Instagram caption. It goes, ‘Concrete jungle, where dreams are made of’. Thank you. Yeah, that lyric is true. New York City is the city where dreams are made of.”

That was indeed her caption, but it remains to be seen whether her supporters will drop the ‘Coco’ song and instead blare out Jay-Z’s record in future.

US Open tennis makes its long-awaited return to Sky Sports and it’s certainly not something to be missed.

Sky Sports subscribers on Sky Glass, Sky Stream, Sky Q, and the Sky Sports app will be able to watch all courts for the first time on Sky Sports.

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