While Gauff has been doing well in the tournament so far, the Florida native was notably warned about her father’s hand signals by a referee, as they “could be interpreted as coaching.”
“I was just asking her, like, what signals that he’s showing, because, like, for me, I don’t see anything. But she told me she was telling me to be careful because some of his signals or whatever he was doing with his hands could be interpreted as coaching, and I was just letting her know that I can’t tell him not to do what he’s doing with his hands because we have no coaching,” Gauff said of the matter.
“But, at the end of the day, she was just doing her job,” she added. “I was just doing my job, I guess, as a player and defending my integrity.”
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Gauff began garnering significant attention in professional tennis in 2018 when she was only 14 years old. She has proven herself to be a force to be reckoned with, as the then-17-year-old athlete made it to the quarterfinals at the 2021 French Open.
She also made it to the Australian Open quarterfinals in 2020 and 2021.