Gauff has been particularly inspired by the Miami Heat, noting how this current team "has a lot of grit", even more than the Miami squad that featured LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
"There was a lot of grit then, but I think there's even more I feel like watching this team, the way they compete as a team, and then obviously we have the leader of the team, Jimmy Butler, and his mentality. That's something that I learn from," Gauff said on Thursday, following her straight-sets win over Julia Grabher.
The 19-year-old phenom said the Heat's Eastern Conference final victory over the Boston Celtics, which saw Miami blow a 3-0 lead in the series before triumphing in Game 7, helped her during her opening round win against Rebeka Masarova, who was up a set on Gauff before the American teen turned the match around.
"I was like, if they're not freaking out at Game 7, I shouldn't freak out after losing the first set, and that's literally what I told myself on the changeover," revealed Gauff.
"I think that's what I love about sports and being an athlete. We can all learn from everyone no matter what."