Even as the 15-year-old's wild ride came to a close Monday, plenty were praising the young, budding star.
Coco Gauff spent her first week at Wimbledon looking like the future of American tennis as she took out Venus Williams, among others en route to the fourth round. Her second week, however, lasted just a few hours—Gauff fell to seventh-seeded Simona Halep Monday morning, 3-6, 3-6, ending her run on the grass at the All-England Club.
After beating Polona Hercog to set up a Round of 16 battle with Halep, Gauff got plenty of attention of social media, with everyone from Michelle Obama to Joel Embiid chiming in to congratulate the Floridian on a comeback that took nearly three hours.
So while the reaction to her straight-set loss was much more muted, people still had praise for Gauff.
Before the match, Gauff's father and coach, Corey, gave her a simple send-off as she headed onto the court.
And there were plenty of folks in Delray Beach, Fla., watching Coco from her dad's sports bar.
What could be next for Gauff? She's allowed to play five more pro events between now and her next birthday, which will be on March 13, 2020. In all likelihood, her next pro event will come in August, when she takes to the courts in Queens for the U.S. Open. And with a chance to play in front of American crowds, expect the excitement for Coco to only get louder.