Who Is Coco Gauff's Boyfriend? What We Know About Her Private Romance

The tennis star has been with her S.O. for over a year.
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Sarah Hanlon
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  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
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Updated Jun 06, 2024

Coco Gauff has quickly risen to stardom as one of the most exciting tennis players in the game right now—and with widespread notoriety comes widespread curiosity. While the 20-year-old tennis player has been candid about her career and life in the spotlight so far, one thing she prefers to keep quiet about is her love life. But in recent months, the athlete has started to open up about her very private romance, which begs the question: Who is Coco Gauff's boyfriend?

While she hasn't publicly confirmed his identity, eagle-eyed fans have deduced that Coco Gauff is dating Jalen Sera, an artist from Atlanta. While they haven't made any public (or social media) appearances together yet, they do often engage in flirty banter through IG comments. Plus, Gauff has dropped a few hints about her S.O. in various interviews. We break down everything to know about Coco Gauff's boyfriend here, including his sweet connection to her family and how he's been supporting her rise to the top.

  • Does Coco Gauff have a boyfriend? The answer is yes—but she's never publicly shared his identity.
  • In a 2024 Time Magazine profile, Coco Gauff confirmed she's been dating her boyfriend for over a year.
  • In a separate interview with Vogue, Coco Gauff said her boyfriend is "not famous" and is from Atlanta, Georgia—also her hometown.

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Who is Jalen Sera, Coco Gauff's Rumored Boyfriend?

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Coco Gauff's boyfriend is rumored to be Jalen Sera. In a 2024 Time profile, the tennis player confirmed she's been dating someone for about a year. Though she declined to share his name in the profile, she did say that he's from her hometown of Atlanta and is not famous. "This is my first real relationship," she told the outlet. "To just have someone to talk to who is not involved in tennis at all gives me a fresh perspective."

Interestingly enough, Gauff's connection to her boyfriend goes way back—because her mom, Candi, was his fourth-grade teacher. "My mom always said, if they're bad in school, they're probably bad as adults," Candi told Time, giving her daughter's boyfriend the seal of approval. "He's always been a smart, nice kid."

Gauff shared more details in a 2024 cover story interview with Vogue, confirming that her boyfriend is not an athlete. "Some people thought it was someone in tennis and that couldn't be further from the truth," she revealed. Instead, he has his sights set on a career in the entertainment industry. "He's a very nice guy. He's in school now," Gauff continued. "He's about to apply for music school. He wants to be an actor and he plays the guitar."

How Coco Gauff's Boyfriend Supports Her Career in the Spotlight

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Although she keeps their romance out of the public eye, Coco Gauff's boyfriend is still a huge supporter of her prolific tennis career. Not only has she won seven WTA Tour singles titles, including a major win at the 2023 US Open, she also has eight doubles titles under her belt.

Speaking with reporters after her 2023 US Open win, she said that she attributed her loss at the 2022 French Open to thinking about holding the trophy too soon. "Honestly, I didn't have any of those visions [of winning] till last night," she said. "You know, I thought about it, but I told myself to get it out of my head, because that's what I did at French. I was envisioning, you know, what would happen if I would win. I think I wanted it too much."

Not wanting to do the same at the US Open, she turned to her boyfriend for help calming her mind. "Last night, I started a little bit, but honestly, I just called my boyfriend, and I told him let's talk until it's time to go to sleep so we spoke until 1:00 a.m. and then I went to sleep," she said.

On the lighter side, Coco Gauff's boyfriend often hypes her up in her Instagram comments—which is how some fans figured out his identity! When the athlete posted about her 2024 Time profile, he commented, "One of one💫." Earlier in the year, when she shared a collection of photos captioned, "pov: im ur dinner date," he wrote, "Nights like this nights like this."

In a November 2023 interview with the Tennis Channel, Gauff shared that her boyfriend gifted her an infinity necklace, which she wore for media interviews. "My boyfriend gave this to me," she said of the accessory. "I'm sure a lot of relationships look up to that symbol [of infinity], so I'm not going to explain that."

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