In a press conference ahead of the US Open, Coco Gauff revealed that her first-ever paycheck came from Serena Williams when she was a kid and had to act as a stunt double for the tennis icon in a commercial. “I think I was 9 or 10 years old.
They needed a stunt double to play a young version of her, just the [neck] down. I think it was for a Delta commercial,” Gauff said in a press conference ahead of the US Open. “I stopped by her trailer, took a picture.
She probably doesn’t even know. My mom actually sent me a picture a couple weeks ago of me waiting, getting my hair done by the people. I don’t think they ever used it, but that was the first check I ever got as a kid.
She doesn’t know this, but the first money I ever made for myself was because of her doing a commercial,” said Gauff.
Serena Williams reveals the first thing she bought with her own money
As we were talking about first paychecks, in a recent interview published by Cash App, Serena Williams revealed the first thing she bought with her own pocket money.
“What’s the first thing you bought with your own money,” the interviewer asked. “I remember, I used to get a little allowance. I would buy a box of donuts, like the dozen. And I would sell them for a dime each.
The box was 99 cents and actually I would sell them for a quarter each. So I was always, you know, turning and trying to make cash,” Serena Williams answered. Also, in the past, Serena spoke to former NBA player Jay Williams during a Chase Chats webcast in which she shared the best financial advice that her father told her when she was a child.
“My dad always said ‘athletes lose their money. He always talked about the importance of not losing it once you get it and not just buying everything you see. That has stuck with me for my whole life”.