Coco Gauff Says She Was Ready to Perform CPR on Fan Who Fell Ill in the Stands
Coco Gauff Says She Was Ready to Perform CPR on Fan Who Fell Ill in the Stands
Coco Gauff defeated Liudmila Samsanova in straight sets at Washington Open with a spectator fell ill in the stands.

American Coco Gauff urged fans at the Washington Open to take cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) courses that can help save lives and said she would have been ready to jump in if needed after a spectator fell ill during her match on Friday.

Play in the quarter-final clash between world number seven Gauff and Swiss Belinda Bencic was stopped briefly when a fan in the stadium was in distress but paramedical staff stepped in to address the issue and the match resumed.

“At first I was just making sure that it wasn’t something cardiac,” Gauff said immediately after her 6-1 6-2 victory. “I just took a CPR class, so if they needed me to jump in I was ready. I have my certification.

“I did ask the ref if it was cardiac. I’m sure there are more professional people out here, but she said it wasn’t… that’s when I realised the person will probably be OK.

“But yeah, everybody in the stadium should take the class. It took 90 minutes. I booked it on the flight from Wimbledon… it’s really informative.”

The 19-year-old later told reporters that the course was something she had wanted to take after watching her dad perform CPR on a person who did not survive.

World number four Jessica Pegula’s sister Kelly performed CPR on their mother last year and Gauff said that was another reason she wanted to get certified.

“I was like, ‘OK, I need to do it’ … I learned so much,” she added. “I was hoping I wouldn’t have to do anything today, but if it came to that point, at least I learned that.”

Gauff is working in Washington with new coach Pere Riba — he’ll be with her at least through the U.S. Open, which starts later this month — and temporary consultant Brad Gilbert. The arrangement sure seems to be paying off so far: The 2022 French Open runner-up hasn’t dropped a set and has ceded a total of 14 games through three matches heading into Sunday.

Sakkari and Gauff had both bowed out in the first round at Wimbledon a month ago.

Gauff has lost four of her five meetings with Sakkari but says she has learnt from those losses.

“She’s an incredible player. She’s been the top of the game for a long time and it’s going to be a difficult match,” she said.

“You live and you learn. So hopefully I can learn from (the defeats) and come back better (on Sunday),” she added.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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