‘Can’t Imagine How Inspiring It Is’ – Coco Gauff Hopes to Live Up to the Legacy of Her Heroes, Venus and Serena Williams, Simone Biles and LeBron James

Published 08/30/2022, 7:30 AM EDT
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 10: Coco Gauff attends the 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on November 10, 2019 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/WireImage)
American tennis prodigy Coco Gauff is off to a flying start in the US Open. The 18-year-old registered a stunning straight-set victory to advance to the second round. The American rising star is having an eventful year already. Earlier she had a brilliant run in the French Open where she made it to the final in both singles and doubles categories.

Gauff gained significant popularity at an early age, when she defeated the legendary Venus Williams at Wimbledon. As her fame rises in the sporting world, the American also understands her responsibility toward society. After her first-round win, she spoke about her feeling about being a role model and its importance to her.

Coco Gauff on athletes being role models

Speaking about her early days, the 18-year-old said that she had a pretty good life growing up. She particularly cited the life of legends like Serena Williams who had to face financial challenges, and their journey is an inspiration. “I think heroes are important. You look at Serena and Venus, their situation they came through, not having as much money financially and coming through a tough neighborhood in Compton, and me, I know I live a better life than they probably did in that aspect better, quote, unquote,” she said.


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Further, the American spoke about her feeling about being a role model for the future generation. “I think for me, even knowing that it made me feel that I could do it. So I hope that somebody can look at me and say that I feel like I can do it because she did it. You know, you have these heroes like LeBron James, Allyson Felix, the list goes on, Simone Biles, you have these heroes living their lives and you can’t imagine how inspiring it is to see that,” she added.


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Gauff is an amazing player, and she surely has inspired many budding athletes with her impressive performances in her nascent career. There’s definitely a lot more coming for her in the future.

Gauff to play her second-round match tomorrow


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After a thumping win in her opening match, the 18-year-old is all set to meet Elena-Gabriela Ruse of Romania in her second-round match. Earlier on Monday, the Romanian edged past her Australian opponent Daria Saville in a three-set encounter.

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Coco Gauff of the United States hits to Magda Linette of Poland on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Gauff has experience playing against Ruse. The two squared off in the first round of the Wimbledon Championships 2022.


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While Gauff took that match in three sets, it will be interesting to see what the Romanian can bring to the table this time around.



Gaurav Verma

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Gaurav Verma is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has post graduate diploma in management from IILM Graduate School of Management and a BBA degree from Bangalore University. He has 1-year of experience in the banking sector.

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