Back to (online) school
Gauff put her hands on her head in disbelief after winning, before throwing her arms in the air to celebrate. After shaking hands with her opponent, she hugged her parents, who had flown in from Florida the day before.
“You have a bright future, and I am really glad to share the court with you,” Ostapenko told Gauff at the trophy ceremony, where the American was given a bottle of red wine, a traditional Austrian Dirndl costume as well as a cheque for $43,000.
At 15, Gauff is limited in the number of events she can play under WTA rules, designed to protect young players from burnout.
This week’s event in Luxembourg will be her last of the season, before life returns back to normal.
“I do online school, so I take it with me on the road,” said Gauff, whose ranking has surged to No. 71, from No. 685 at the start of the year. “Obviously during my tournaments, I still submit work, but not as much as I do when I’m not at a tournament. So definitely after Luxembourg I’ll have a lot of time to focus on school in the off-season.”