Cori Gauff explains how Serena Williams, Venus Williams inspired her activism

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Cori Gauff explains how Serena Williams, Venus Williams inspired her activism

American tennis star Cori Gauff reveals Serena Williams and Venus Williams have always been an inspiration for her and that's one of the reasons why she is trying to be socially active. Gauff, 18, is using her platform to call for positive changes as most recently she called for changes following the Texas elementary school mass shooting.

"Venus and Serena Williams inspired me a lot when growing up, they're the reason I decided to start playing tennis. I think that the fact that they were also vocal about different issues going on in the world also inspires me to be vocal about it and I still look up to them and I will always look up to them," Gauff said in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

"I think we should all just appreciate the impact they have on the world."

Gauff wants to leave her mark

Gauff is one of the most talented and promising players from her generation but her goal is to be more than just a great tennis player.

"I definitely grew up around civil rights. My grandmother was actually the first person to integrate her Atlantic High School. Right now in this world I feel like we're living in a historic moment and I think it's important that you definitely want to try to be on the right side of history," Gauff said.

"At least when I look back on my life or when I have kids or grandkids, hopefully I want to tell them that I did something to make a difference. I don't want to regret not saying anything." Gauff's brothers attend a public school and Gauff admits it's scary to even think that her brothers one day won't come back home from school.

"I have brothers that go to public school and it's definitely a thought, obviously in my head and my parents' head, about what they need to do in that situation," Gauff said. "I think that shouldn't be a thought that any child has to think about when going to school."