Teenage tennis star Coco Gauff has electrified courts all around the world and is now set for a foray into the world of TV. The world No.6 is due to be a guest star in an episode of US sports drama All American: Homecoming, although tennis fans don’t need to worry about a permanent move.
The 19-year-old teased her appearance in a Twitter post from the Indian Wells BNP Paribas Open by revealing the name of the episode she will feature in, “Stand Up for Something.”
Earlier this week the WTA tweeted she would feature in the spin-off of the critically acclaimed All American series, to which Gauff responded: “Coming soon.” Commenting on her acting experience, Gauff admitted she was grateful for the opportunity, but seemed to rule out a full-time career in the profession.
“It was a very different experience,” Gauff said via the WTA website. “We did it in December during the off-season. I didn’t realise how many times you have to do a scene over and over and over again. Drills in tennis are repetitive, but I think that’s even more repetitive.
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“It was cool. I would do it again because of the people I met, but I don’t think I would do it again because of the work. But if I can meet cool people, yeah, I would keep doing it. Huge respect to all the actors, people in that business. It’s definitely not as easy as it seems on the TV.”
All American: Homecoming follows the character Simone Hicks (Geffri Hightower), who leaves L.A. – the setting of the original All American series – to attend the fictional Bringston University. It is set in Atlanta, Gauff’s real-life hometown, where Simone decides to pursue her dream of becoming a professional tennis player.
The synopsis of the episode featuring Gauff teased: “Simone and the Bringston tennis team work together to make the biggest decision of their season.” US viewers will be able to catch Gauff on All American: Homecoming on Monday, March 20 at 9pm ET on The CW Network.
Camille Hyde, who portrays tennis prodigy Thea Mays on the show, was in attendance to watch Gauff come through a tough three-match against Rebecca Peterson in the Indian Wells fourth round recently.
Unfortunately for the 2022 French Open runner-up, her campaign in the Californian desert came to an end in the very next round, as Aryna Sablenka produced an emphatic display, to win 6-4, 6-0.
Gauff will now head to Miami for the WTA 1000 event later this week before the European competitions get underway ahead of the French Open and Wimbledon.