Coco Gauff recently took to TikTok to praise YouTube streamer Valkyrae, revealing that watching her streams is what keeps the American powerhouse through tough times in her career.
Rachell Hofstetter, better known by her YouTube handle “Valkyrae”, is currently one of the biggest streamers on the internet. She shot to fame in the late 2010s, winning Content Creator of the Year at The Game Awards 2020.
Since then, she’s been the most-watched female streamer on the site and even made it into Forbes’ reputable 30 under 30 list this year. A strong advocate for the inclusion of more women in online gaming, Hofstetter is one of the most important and respected voices in the industry.
WTA No. 11 has revealed that she has been a lifelong fan of Valkyrae and has followed her since she was 13 years old. Adding that she’s made a habit of watching her streams every day no matter what her mood, the 18-year-old credited Hofstetter for unknowingly helping her through crucial times in her life.
“I’ve been watching her since I was 13 and happy, sad or whatever, Valkyrae was the one I would watch and always watch. After every game, won or lost, I always watch her lol. Her streams have me makes it through some pretty shitty times. Thank you Valkyrae,” Coco Gauff captioned the post.
Gauff’s video contained a short montage of photos of Valkyrae, while the line “I think you might have accidentally saved my life” from the hit TV show Euphoria playing in the background.
Coco Gauff will next play in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic
Following her third round exit from the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the hands of Amanda Anisimova, Coco Gauff will be back in action at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose.
The main draw is set to start on August 1, where the American will be joined by a strong line-up featuring Ons Jabeur, Paula Badosa, Maria Sakkari and others.
With the Citi Open also taking place at the same time, the force will be split between the two tournaments. Stars like Emma Raducanu, Leylah Fernandez and Simona Halep have already announced they will be competing in Washington instead of San Jose.
After the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, the world No. 11 will move on to the twin WTA1000 tournaments – the National Bank Open in Toronto and the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati – before heading to the US Open.