Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula Blast USTA Art Making Players Look ‘Hideous’ and ‘Ugly af’ | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Coco Gauff, Jessica Pegula Blast USTA Art Making Players Look ‘Hideous’ and ‘Ugly af’ | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12: Coco Gauff of United States speaks during a press conference ahead of the 2024 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 12, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)

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The USTA’s homage to The Wild Thornberrys didn’t exactly go over well.

In a since-deleted post on social media, the organization shared a photo depicting the seeded Americans ahead of the Australian Open. The players were drawn in the style of the animation from the old Nickelodeon cartoon.

Coco Gauff didn’t hold back and called it the “worst thing I’ve ever seen”:

Melanie Lautrup @melanie_lautrup

Oh Coco did not like this usta cartoon post loool <a href=”https://t.co/k3jEdmtw6m”>pic.twitter.com/k3jEdmtw6m</a>

Jessica Pegula weighed in as well and said the players were “ugly af,” with Ben Shelton having a similar reaction:

Jessie Pegula @JPegula

Hahahahhaha we are ugly af

Beyond the series’ unique animation, it’s worth noting The Wild Thornberrys stopped airing in 2004, the same year Gauff was born. Shelton hadn’t even celebrated his second birthday yet.

Referencing a piece of pop culture that’s 20-plus years old isn’t always guaranteed to miss the mark, but calling back to The Wild Thornberrys might’ve been a bit too niche.

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