Coco Gauff said she was “depressed.” Then came the spin.

The star of Cocomania opened up this week about her mental health struggles as a teenage tennis phenom prior to her historic breakthrough as a 15-year-old at Wimbledon in 2019.

“Throughout my life, I was always the youngest to do things, which added hype that I didn’t want. It added this pressure that I needed to do well fast,” Gauff, now 16, told fellow pro Noah Rubin for an installment of the “Behind the Racquet” first-person confessional series. “Once I let that all go, that when I started to have the results I wanted. Right before Wimbledon, going back to around 2017/18, I was struggling to figure out if this was really what I wanted. I always had the results so that wasn’t the issue, I just found myself not enjoying what I loved. I realized I needed to start playing for myself and not other people. For about a year I was really depressed. That was the toughest year for me so far.”

But those comments, in her own words to describe her own feelings, subsequently received an edit from her camp. Corey Gauff, her father and coach, sought to clarify that Coco meant “depressed” in a non-clinical sense.

“That’s the thing that was alarming, and I knew that was going to be the word that got picked up,” Corey Gauff told The New York Times in a piece published Sunday. “She was never clinically depressed, never diagnosed with depression, never seen anybody about depression.

“There’s no medicine going on. This is a kid’s personal pressure that they put on themselves and how they deal with it and how they mature.”

Gauff, who reviewed the “Behind the Racquet” post before it was published and shared it on her Instagram, “was not made available for further comment by her family” to the Times.

Rubin, a one-time top-200 player and Long Island native who launched “Behind the Racquet” to provide a platform for other players on tour, also backpedaled from publishing the d-word.

“It’s completely my fault that I didn’t go deeper into what she meant by depressed,” Rubin told the Times. “I feel she was definitely sad and lost and questioning tennis at periods in the past. We spoke for about 30 minutes, and she sounded very honest. But the word ‘depression’ is a trigger word, and people start questioning things.

“I could have said, ‘Hey, people throw that word around, so did you see a professional for this, or did you just feel deep sadness?’”

Coco’s parents said her “toughest year” came in the aftermath of reaching the final of the US Open junior tournament as a 13-year-old in 2017. She felt estranged from her peers (“Even though I had, it felt like there weren’t many friends there for me,” she said) and she developed FOMO, her parents said, from joining social media and glimpsing what life might be like in a traditional school. Gauff said she was close to taking a year off from tennis “to just focus on life.”

Now she credits that debatably defined period with giving her the resolve that propelled her to stardom: a Cinderella run to the fourth round at Wimbledon, a memorable third-round exit at the US Open, a first career singles title, another Round of 16 ride at the Australian Open, a bow inside the top 50 in the rankings.

“I was just lost. I was confused and overthinking if this was what I wanted or what others did. It took many moments sitting, thinking and crying,” Gauff said. “I came out of it stronger and knowing myself better than ever. Everyone asks me how I stay calm on court and I think it’s because I accepted who I am after overcoming low points in my life. Now, when I’m on court, I am just really thankful to be out there.”