Coco Gauff: winning at tennis is about skill and not gender

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Coco Gauff: winning at tennis is about skill and not gender

American teenager Coco Gauff continues to make herself heard loud and clear when it comes to issues that matter to her. The 16 year old American has become a leading voice in the Black Lives Matter movement among tennis players, which has made her win a lot of appreciation from her peers as well as tennis legends such as Billie Jean King and Chris Evert.

Coco Gauff responds to sexist comment on social media

Gauff has now responded to a comment on social media about the skill gap between men's tennis and women's tennis. A comment on one of her social media posts said, "Bro what do you not understand she plays GIRLS tennis, he plays BOYS tennis, the skill gap is immeasurable.

A pro girl wouldn't even win boys states." Gauff responded quickly, saying, "If you think that you're better than me because of the sole fact that you're a boy and I'm a girl, that doesn't make any sense.

If you could say you could beat me because you think your skill level is better than mine, I respect that, we could go out there and we'll compete and we'll see who's better." Gauff went on to give the example of Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer, saying, "His skill level and his actual game is way better than mine.

But you saying you can beat me solely because of the fact that I'm a girl is stupid." The American is one of the rising stars in tennis - she is currently ranked No. 53 in the world in singles and No. 50 in doubles.

She won her first WTA singles title last year at the Linz Open at the age of 15, making her the youngest singles title winner on the WTA Tour since 2004. Coco Gauff also has won two WTA doubles titles with fellow American teen Caty McNally.

She has already reached the fourth round of the Australian Open and Wimbledon and the third round of the US Open over the past 12 months and many have predicted a bright future for her in the game. She is also a former World No.

1 in the juniors and a winner of the French Open junior girls singles title. She also won a junior Grand Slam doubles title at the 2018 US Open, with Caty McNally. (Picture via Coco Gauff's Twitter account)