Coco Gauff had a full day at the Hard Rock Stadium, cheering on her fellow South Floridians and choosing her dream squad.
Coco Gauff, the seventh-ranked player in the world, made a surprise appearance at the Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday to support the Miami Dolphins in their victory over the National Football League. The American also took a chance to choose a few of her tennis teammates to her “dream” NFL squad, starting with none other than Rafael Nadal, a 22-time Grand Slam champion. Gauff chose Nadal as her team’s quarterback, citing the Spaniard’s propensity for making the correct plays at the right moments. The youngster then decided to cover the back line of the team’s defence with two of her close friends from the ATP tour, Australian Nick Krygios and countryman Frances Tiafoe.
I’m not sure whether I can list enough for an entire team, but I’ll tackle the key roles. Rafael Nadal is my pick for quarterback because, in my opinion, he always makes the perfect plays at the right times, Coco Gauff remarked. Who else would I include in my team? I’ll support Nick Kyrgios. I don’t know because I’ve never seen him throw a football or run with one. The sport of tennis doesn’t lend itself to big bodies, but now I think we need a big guy, so I’m going with Frances Tiafoe,” she continued.
The American joked that she needed someone on the team to keep her “calm” after appointing herself as the side’s coach. The 18-year-old then chose Caty McNally, a former doubles partner, to carry out the assignment. In the end, I believe I need someone to like, keep me calm because I won’t be playing; I’ll be the coach. So I guess I’ll visit Caty McNally to do that,” Coco Gauff said in jest. For tennis enthusiasts, the Hard Rock Stadium is best known as the location of the Miami Open, an ATP and WTA 1000 tournament that serves as the other half of the Sunshine Double with the BNP Paribas Open held in Indian Wells. But the Miami Dolphins football team also calls the stadium its home field.
Coco Gauff had a full day at the Hard Rock Stadium, cheering on her fellow South Floridians and choosing her dream squad. She did, however, find some time to have a brief meet-and-greet with Jaylen Waddle, one of her favourite Miami Dolphins players. The youngster was also seen leading the “Let’s go Dolphins cheer” at the stadium while holding the microphone and standing next to the team mascot.