Tennis - Former World No. 1 Kim Clijsters praised the efforts of American teen Coco Gauff to take a stand and highlight the issues of racial discrimination over the past few days after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
16 year old Gauff has been urging people to help bring a change after protests have swept across the United States over the past week through social media.
Kim Clijsters thanks Coco Gauff for being a role model for her daughter
The four-time Grand Slam singles winner posted a message on Twitter a few days ago saying she and her family had been going through so many different emotions over the past few days following the events in the United States.
Clijsters tweeted, "These past few days my family and I have felt so many different emotions ... sadness, anger, disappointment, helpless, inspired and so much more #blacklivesmatter #WeStandWithYou #IStandWithYou " On Wednesday, after Gauff made a powerful speech at a peaceful Florida rally in which she urged people to register to vote and help bring about change, Clijsters praised the efforts of the 16 year old saying she would be a role model for her young daughter, Jada.
"Thank you for being a girl that my daughter will learn from and look up to . I promise that we will keep on teaching our kids the right thing to do so that they can pass it on too. It all starts at home!"
These past few days my family and I have felt so many different emotions ...
16 year old Coco Gauff has become one of the biggest voices among tennis players in the last week.
Thank you for being a girl that my daughter will learn from and look up to .
I promise that we will keep on teaching our kids the right thing to do so that they can pass it on too. It all starts at home ! — Kim Clijsters (@Clijsterskim) June 4, 2020
Her efforts to help highlight racial discrimination also got appreciated by 18 time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert, who said Gauff could be a future champion on and off the court.