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Coco Gauff Grateful Boyfriend Won’t Play Tennis After ‘Challengers’
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Coco Gauff Grateful Boyfriend Won’t Play Tennis After ‘Challengers’

Coco Gauff made a hilarious realization about her personal life after seeing the new movie: Challengers, in which Zendaya plays an intense tennis star.

Gauff, 20, commented on the film, which follows Zendaya’s character as she navigates a love triangle with two fellow tennis players, saying: “I said to my friend, ‘Thank God you’re not playing tennis,’ because (Tashi Duncan is ) Right, I wouldn’t want to date a scrub on tour,” according to an Instagram post from ESPNW.

After ESPNW shared the quote, Gauff made it clear that her comments were being taken a little too seriously. “I was joking, please don’t take this seriously,” she wrote in the comments of the post.

Gauff has kept her relationship largely private, but the world No. 3 player recently shared more details about her relationship during an interview with Time.

“This is my first real relationship,” Gauff said, adding, “Just to have someone to talk to who isn’t involved in tennis at all gives me a new perspective.”

Gauff also revealed that her mother, Candi Gauff, was once her mystery man’s fourth-grade teacher in Atlanta. “My mom always said, if they’re bad at school, they’re probably bad as adults,” Candi said Time. “He has always been a smart, kind boy,” she added.

Coco Gauff (center) with her parents Corey and Candi Gauff.

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Gauff watched Challengers on April 28 with Candi and shared her full review of the film during a post-screening Instagram Live.

“I thought it was a very well-made film,” Gauff told her followers.

The tennis star said she thinks she would have been a friendly competitor to Zendaya’s character, Tashi Duncan, if she were a real tennis pro. “I think in a strange way Tashi and I could have been friends on tour. Not good friends, we would have been enemies. We would have respected each other,” she said.

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Gauff also has a special connection to the film, as her coach, Brad Gilbert, was the cast’s athletic trainer for the film.

Brad Gilbert (left) and Coco Gauff.

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During her Instagram Live, Gauff encouraged her fans to keep an eye out for Gilbert’s cameo in the film, joking that he is a “future Oscar nominee” for the role.

Before you see it Challengers, Gauff, who is a big fan of Zendaya, was asked about Gilbert’s work on the film at the April 17 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Germany, where she said her coach shared “some Zendaya stories” with her.

“I have a few Zendaya stories. Not bad ones. Just about her training for the movie. Yeah, he said she picked it up pretty well. I mean, it’s hard to emulate tennis, but one thing he said Well, she is a hard worker and she did her utmost to make it as perfect as possible and that she is a super sweet girl,” Gauff said during the interview.

Gilbert told PEOPLE that the cast of Challengers was ‘fun to work with’ and those involved shared a lot of ‘camaraderie and chemistry’. He also noted that Zendaya “has a lot of tennis player DNA.”

He explained by noting that the actress is “really dedicated to what she does and doesn’t take anything for granted. She’s a joy to be around… because of the focus, the grit, the determination it takes to transform yourself to become this character. .”