In light of the many protests around the world, many athletes have decided to partake and voice their concerns regarding race, police brutality, and social justice. Athletes have gone to social to address their concerns as well.
Coco Gauff’s tennis career
Gauff is a 16-year-old professional tennis player who has gained a lot of attention over the past year. The Florida native turned pro in 2018. She is the youngest player ranked in the top 100 by the Women’s Tennis Association, and she has a career-high ranking of No. 49 in the world in singles and No. 42 in doubles.
Her first WTA singles title came in 2019 at the Linz Open. She was 15 at the time and made her the youngest single title-holder on the WTA Tour since 2004. A big inspiration for Gauff choosing tennis was Venus and Serena Williams. She made her WTA debut in March 2019 at the Miami Open, where she won her opening match. Gauff received a wildcard into the qualifying draw at the 2019 Wimbledon Championships, and she became the youngest player in the history of the tournament to qualify for the main draw.
People quickly started to find out about Gauf based on her performances. She reached the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships. Gauff also reached the third round of the U.S. Open and the fourth round of the Australian Open. In 2020, Gauff defeated one of her idols, Venus Williams, at the Australian Open in five straight sets in the first round. She also defeated defending champion Naomi Osaka in the third round. Gauff lost to eventual champion Sofia Kenin in three sets in the fourth round.
Coco Gauff participating in protest
Recently, Gauff took part in a peaceful protest in front of Delray Beach City Hall in Florida. She also gave a motivating speech at the protest as well. “I think it’s sad that I’m here protesting the same thing (my grandmother) did 50 years ago,” Gauff said during her speech.
Gauff is a very passionate person. When you watch her play on the tennis court, you can see the drive in her eyes, and she always plays at a high-level. That passion carries over to these issues that are going on across the world. Gauff is not afraid to speak her mind and let everyone know how she feels about something.
Coco Gauff impacting younger and older people
Gauff is a voice for the younger generation. She is very well-spoken, too, and there are people around Gauff’s age who may not understand what is going on around the world today. It’s very important and enlightening to see that Gauff is involved in protests at a young age.
She has gained a lot of fans at a young age, and she has a voice. She’s not just an athlete, she’s more than that, and that’s something she understands. Gauff wants these issues addressed, and she is going to do whatever it takes to help get the message out there to people, whether young or old.