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Atlanta native and rising tennis star Coco Gauff meets Michelle Obama

Obama wrote that Gauff's achievements - and those of young people now - are proof of what the next generation is doing today.

Atlanta native Coco Gauff won over many new fans after her stellar performance in last month's Wimbledon - including the former first lady.

Michelle Obama posted a photo to Instagram of her meeting the rising tennis star, who topped veteran tennis champion Venus Williams during the first round of the tournament. The two exchanged signed items - with Coco presenting Obama a signed racket, and Obama presenting the tennis star with a signed copy of her best-selling book, "Becoming."

Obama wrote that Gauff's achievements - and those of young people now - are proof of what the next generation is doing today.

"This afternoon, I was thrilled to visit with @CocoGauff," the former first lady wrote on Instagram. "When we talk about the potential of our young people, we often think about it as some far-off promise, years or decades away. But the truth is they have so much to offer us right now—something we all saw a few weeks ago at Wimbledon. Coco is a wonderful young woman who’s showing us that we don’t have to wait to see what the next generation can do."

RELATED: Tennis icon Venus Williams hits the courts with kids for South Fulton Tennis Center clinic

Gauff excitedly shared the news of her meeting the former first lady, tweeting, "Today, I got to meet my idol!" 

The 15-year-old tennis is continuing her stellar summer with yet another win at the Women's Tennis Association's Citi Open - her first title for the event. The New York Times reports Gauff will have three weeks until her next competitive match, which will come at the U.S. Open.

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