Coco Gauff received a special and unique tribute as an Australian muralist dedicated a portrait on the streets of Melbourne to the American tennis superstar. Gauff reacted to the mural painted by Australian artist Tayla Broekman and expressed her desire to see it in person soon.
Broekman specializes in creating portraits of strong women who set an ideal example for others to follow, and she feels that Coco Gauff perfectly fits that idea. Broekman created the mural featuring Gauff in association with Head Tennis, one of the American teenager's sponsors, and it shows a determined on-court look of the 18-year-old.
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The artist hailed the world No. 7, calling her courageous, strong and ambitious, among other compliments, and a woman who has "got plans and ideas."
"My characters tend to be representative of just strong women and I really think Coco fits that narrative," Broekman said of Gauff. "I would describe this character as fun, imaginative, courageous, strong and ambitious, and I think that, you know, she‘s got plans, she's got ideas."
Gauff was touched by the tribute, thanking Head and Broekman for the very "cool" tribute and said that she could not wait to visit the venue where the mural was painted.
"Thank you @headtennis_official and @tayla.art this is so cool! I can't wait to see it in person!" Coco Gauff wrote on Instagram.
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The doubles world No.4 is still in Melbourne as she is set to compete in the 2023 Australian Open women's doubles quarterfinals on Wednesday, alongside good friend and doubles partner Jessica Pegula. Gauff might have the opportunity to see the special mural dedicated to her in person before she leaves Melbourne.