Former United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were among the glitterati who attended opening night of the 2023 US Open on Monday.
The Obamas and various other celebrities took in the first-round match between No.6 seed Coco Gauff and qualifier Laura Siegemund on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Gauff came back from a set down to prevail and advance to the second round of the year's last Grand Slam.
"I actually just met [the Obamas] right before I came in here," Gauff told the press after her win.
"I've met Mrs. Obama before. They told me it was just her initially. Then Mr. Obama was there in the room, too. I was like, 'Oh my God.' I haven't soaked it in because I literally just walked in here. I think I'm going to never forget that moment for the rest of my life."
Michelle Obama also introduced WTA Legend Billie Jean King and an on-court ceremony honoring the 50th anniversary of equal pay at the US Open.
The ceremony also featured a performance by singer Sara Bareilles:
Other luminaries in attendance on Night 1 included:
2006 US Open champion Maria Sharapova
Skier Lindsey Vonn
Broadcast journalist Gayle King
Fashion editor Anna Wintour