Obamas Grace US Open; Michelle Pays Tribute to Billie Jean King’s Equal Pay Fight

 Obamas Grace US Open; Michelle Pays Tribute to Billie Jean King’s Equal Pay Fight


Former US President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were in attendance at Arthur Ashe Stadium to witness Coco Gauff’s match in the US Open. Gauff managed to secure her place in the second round after beating Laura Siegemund with scores of 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. To her surprise, Gauff had an opportunity to meet the Obamas post-match, where they shared some advice with the tennis star.

Speaking to the press, Gauff expressed her initial unawareness of the Obamas’ presence. “The presence of the Secret Service had me wondering if it was President Biden or even Mr. Clinton in attendance.

It was only after my match that I learned the Obamas were there,” said Gauff. Despite her turbulent victory, the young tennis sensation’s mood was instantly lifted after meeting the former first couple. “The moment was unforgettable,” Gauff remarked, referring to the unexpected meet-up, according to the Daily Mail.

Michelle Obama took her moment at the court to honor tennis legend, Billie Jean King, marking half a century since the US Open became the first Grand Slam to award men and women equal prize money. Michelle emphasized King’s steadfastness, stating, “Billie Jean teaches us to either accept what we’re given or to stand up and advocate for ourselves.”

Recounting King’s contribution to the cause of equal pay in tennis, Michelle highlighted the disparity in 1972 when King, despite winning the US Open, received $15,000 less than her male counterpart. With King’s insistence, equal pay was introduced the subsequent year, and Wimbledon eventually followed suit over three decades later.

The former First Lady also underscored the broader implications of this fight, highlighting the importance of women being recognized and valued equitably. Michelle Obama, a known tennis enthusiast, was also spotted the previous year cheering for American tennis player Frances Tiafoe at the US Open.

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