“Cannot Put Into Words”: Coco Gauff Reveals Influence of Venus and Serena Williams on Her Tennis Career

Published 07/07/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Cori Gauff of the United States shakes hands at the net with Venus Williams of The United States after her Ladies’ Singles first round match against Venus Williams of The United States during Day one of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


17-year-old American teenager Coco Gauff ended her run at Wimbledon Championships 2021 in the R16 in both singles and doubles. Later on, she opened up on the role and impact of Venus and Serena Williams in her tennis career. Fascinatingly, the Williams sisters influenced millions of lives worldwide, and Coco is one of them.

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According to the teenager, the Williams sisters are why her dad put a tennis racquet in her hand. Coco claimed that it could not have been any other way.

“It’s something you cannot put into words. It’s the impact that they have on not just me but other girls in tennis,” Coco said.

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Serena Williams of The United States is congratulated by her sister and opponant Venus Williams of The United States following their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Furthermore, the teenager stated that she doesn’t want to be Serena or Venus, but she wants to be as impactful as them. “It’s important to see them on screen,” Gauff continued. “So I hope for, as I continue to play and as my career goes on, maybe a little girl can say the same thing about me. Saying that they saw me on the screen and they felt like they can do something, accomplish their dreams.”

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Coco Gauff on playing Venus and Serena Williams

In the 2019 Wimbledon and 2020 Australian Open, Gauff faced seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams in the first round. Despite winning both the matches, the 17-year-old feels lucky to have played against one of the Williams sisters. She also thinks it is crazy that they are still competing at the highest stage in tennis.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 01: Cori Gauff of the United States celebrates victory after her Ladies’ Singles first round match against Venus Williams of The United States during Day one of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 01, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Moving forward, Coco now has the dream to play the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams. Also, she holds playing doubles with Venus at Roland-Garros 2021, a feat beyond her dreams.

“To play doubles with Venus is something I never even considered; the dream was always to play against them, never with them. So the fact that I got that was pretty cool because she did not play with anyone other than Serena,” Coco continued.

Summing up, the American’s most promising youngster already has stories to tell her grandchildren. It includes “play against and with Venus and having conversations with Serena.” Following their path, Coco dreams of being as influential as them someday.

“I think their legacy is something you cannot put into words, and you cannot fathom how many people they touched. So it’s a great thing to see, and hopefully, one day, I can have the same impact they did or similar,” she concluded.

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Unquestionably, Coco Gauff has a great future standing in front of her. But the real question is: When will her time start?

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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