“Modeled My Game After Them”: Coco Gauff Reveals How Venus and Serena Williams Inspired Herself and Her Dad

Published 04/05/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Coco Gauff of the United States of America plays a backhand during her Women’s Singles first round match against Venus Williams of the United States of America on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)


American tennis legends and sisters, Venus and Serena Williams, have inspired an entire generation with their life in sport. Even now, they continue to be an inspiration even for the upcoming generation of tennis players such as Coco Gauff.

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The 17-year-old American star has made the tennis world marvel at how she has been maturing into a better athlete. Now, Coco has reiterated how the Williams sisters have played a crucial role in her life.

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Coco Gauff admires Venus and Serena Williams on and off the court

In a recent press conference, Coco Gauff spoke about what she respects and admires the most about Venus Williams and Serena Williams. She had to choose from their game style, their success, their on-court persona, or their off-court personalities and the things they’ve done for the game.

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)

Coco said, “Definitely all of the above. But first, what drew me to them was how they play. And just seeing someone coming from where they came from make it big on tour is definitely inspiring for my dad to get me to start playing. And I kind of modeled parts of my game after both of them.”

Indeed, the Williams sisters, winners of 30 Grand Slam singles titles combined, heightened the level of women’s tennis. Moreover, they even led the whole tennis community to encourage equal rights. It is no wonder the world draws inspiration from the two.

“And definitely the off-court what they done for the game and fighting for equality and all that is super inspiring. And that’s also why I always look up to them,” Coco answered.

Interestingly, Gauff not only learned from the best but also got the opportunity to best the best. In her head-to-head battle against Venus Williams, she leads 2-0, and both wins came in Grand Slam tournaments.

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Coco does not remember where she saw first saw Serena Williams

Coco tried to remember when she first saw the Williams sisters playing live. She also revealed which sister’s poster once hung in her room.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 22: (L-R) Dylan Dreyer, Rafael Nadal, Cori “Coco” Gauff, Serena Williams and Venus Williams attend the 2019 Palace Invitational at Lotte New York Palace on August 22, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Lotte New York Palace)

She said, “I had a small poster of Serena in my room. Um, and I think the first time I saw them play from what I remember was probably at US Open. I don’t think I saw Serena in person, but I did see Venus play in Ashe stadium. And I think the first time I saw Serena, I could be wrong but from what I remember, probably at Miami Open.”

Coco has found her foot settled even as a teenager like her role models. And she looks forward to making her name and path in the wide world of tennis.

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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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