Super Bowl champion head coach Tony Dungy criticized ESPN’s “SportsCenter” X account for mischaracterizing Coco Gauff’s reaction to her first U.S. Open title win. Gauff defeated Aryna Sabalenka with a score of 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to secure her first Grand Slam title.
The “SportsCenter” account initially stated that Gauff “took a moment to soak it all in after winning her first Grand Slam title.” However, Tony Dungy corrected the account, highlighting that Gauff was, in fact, praying at that moment. Dungy pointed out Gauff’s open expression of her Christian faith in the past and suggested that her actions were a clear representation of her faith.
Gauff herself spoke about her faith following her victory, expressing gratitude for the win and acknowledging the importance of faith in her journey. She mentioned that she doesn’t pray for specific results but prays for the strength to give her best effort, recognizing that life presents trials and tribulations.
Coco Gauff’s victory at the U.S. Open marked a significant moment in her career, and her faith played a meaningful role in her perspective on the win.