Coco Gauff’s Brave 2020 Move Was Immensely Appreciated by Hall of Famer Chris Evert – ‘Champion Human Rights ‘

Published 11/20/2022, 8:38 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 29: Chris Evert in the commentary box on day three of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on June 29, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

American tennis star, Coco Gauff, is making rapid strides in her career. The 18-year-old has had an amazing season this year. Although she faltered in the end, her performance overall has been phenomenal. Apart from her brilliance in the game, she has also been a responsible citizen.

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The American understands that tennis provides her with a platform that can help her reach to masses. Gauff has time and again used that platform to ask important questions and raised her voice for pressing issues. It particularly impressed the American tennis legend, Chris Evert.

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Chris Evert once lauded Gauff for her social activism

American tennis legend, Chris Evert, was in the awe of maturity Coco Gauff has shown in her brief career. The 67-year-old was particularly in awe of the way Gauff has managed her responsibility as a tennis player and a role model for the current generation.

Here’s what Evert tweeted about Gauff back in 2020.I believe we have a future leader, role model, and activist in @CocoGauff At the young age of 16, she is showing up in the fight against racial prejudice. She could champion human rights and still be a champion in tennis. I believe she can be an inspiration and do it all..”

Gauff has continued the good work and has been a consistent performer on the court as well. At an age of 18 years, she became the youngest tennis player after Maria Sharapova to qualify for the year-end WTA Finals.

Coco Gauff had a forgettable WTA Finals

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After having a wonderful season, the 18 ear old could not translate her success in the WTA Finals. The American lost the last five matches of the season. Three of them were in the group stage of the WTA Finals. Playing as the local favorite in the tournament at Texas, she suffered three straight-set defeats against Daria Kasatkina, Caroline Garcia, and World number 1, Iga Swiatek.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Coco Gauff of the United States looks on during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Sofia Kenin of the United States on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

With this, she crashed out of the tournament. Further, she participated in the Billie Jean King cup.

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Representing the USA in the tournament, she lost her only singles match against Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic. It will be interesting to see if Gauff can return to the winning ways soon.

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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.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui

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