Coco Gauff Says She Likes Keeping 'Some Parts' of Her Personal Life to Herself (Exclusive)

The US Open champ spoke to PEOPLE about her perspective on keeping some aspects of her life private

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  • Coco Gauff spoke to PEOPLE at the TIME 2024 Women of the Year Gala on Tuesday about keeping some aspects to her life private

  • The US Open champ shares some parts of her private life, but keeps others under wraps

  • Coming off her historic Grand Slam win last September, she told reporters at the time that she called her boyfriend to refocus the night before the women's final

Coco Gauff is finding an advantage in keeping her personal life to herself.

While speaking to PEOPLE at the TIME 2024 Women of the Year Gala on Tuesday, the US Open champ shared her perspective about not sharing everything — and called it “a day-by-day” decision. 

“Honestly, it wasn't something I got to set in stone,” the tennis phenom, who turns 20 next week, told PEOPLE. “I think I felt like I just, some parts of myself I love to share and then some parts I think I just keep to myself.”

She added, “And I think that's just the beauty of it all, that people still know me and know parts of me, but not everything. So I do feel like my life is a little bit in my hands too.”

Related: Coco Gauff Reflects on 'Darkest and Brightest' Tennis Season After Losing in WTA Finals

So while the tennis pro is prone to jumping off buildings for fun — and posting the proof on Instagram — she’s also one to take a step back and process it all too.

In November, she reflected on her 2023 — one which was full of ups (see US Open) and downs.

“2023 season is officially over. hard to sum [up] this season in a few words,” she wrote at the time — two days after her season ended with a hard loss to the U.S.’s Jessica Pegula in the semifinal round of the WTA Finals.

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“I saw my darkest and brightest days of my life this year,” she continued. “I probably grew enough for 10 lifetimes between January & now lol. I usually don’t say this but I am learning to be nicer to myself haha (I get questioned all the time by family, press, and y’all for not saying this) but yes I AM proud of myself.”

Yet Gauff has occasionally offered glimpses into her life with her family and friends.

Related: Coco Gauff Says She Called Her Boyfriend to Ease Her Nerves the Night Before Winning 2023 US Open

Last September, after her historic Grand Slam win, Gauff celebrated the moment with her loved ones in her hometown of Delray Beach, Florida.

“Me n only SOME of my favorite people 💖” the athlete wrote on Instagram alongside a carousel of happy photos.

And before her epic win in the New York tournament, Gauff shared that she spoke to a special someone for support.

"Honestly, I didn't have any of those visions [of winning] till last night," she told reporters after her win. "You know, I thought about it, but I told myself to get it out of my head, because that's what I did at [the] French [Open]. I was envisioning, you know, what would happen if I would win. I think I wanted it too much."

"Last night, I started a little bit, but honestly, I just called my boyfriend, and I told him let's talk until it's time to go to sleep so we spoke until 1:00 a.m. and then I went to sleep."

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