Coco Gauff rips with class fans disrespectful towards little-known players

The young American, defeated in the 4th round of Wimbledon by countrywoman Emma Navarro, has once again shown her class also in the statements, at the press conference

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Coco Gauff rips with class fans disrespectful towards little-known players
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The painful defeat in straight sets against Emma Navarro - in the American derby - has not affected the Coco Gauff who, even if she was defeated in the 4th round of Wimbledon, has once again shown her class, at the press conference. The young American, who has always fought for equal rights and who is involved in many social battles, has slammed the fans disrespectful towards lower-level players, explaining that, even if they may not be so well-known, they are still talented and deserve respect.

Emma Navarro and Coco Gauff
Emma Navarro and Coco Gauff© Clive Brunskill / Staff Getty Images Sport

Answering to a question from the media about how much it affected your mindset being one of the few remaining top seeds at Wimbledon, Coco replied:

"It doesn't mean anything. I think especially on my side of the draw, even though the players might not be that well known, they're still talented. I think it's something that people. The fans are a little disrespectful when it comes to other players on Tour. Maybe the rankings aren't there. But the level is there. And they're here for a reason. They deserve their spot. There's no easy draw. There's no walk in the park or anything like that. This is a competitive sport. We all want to win. I've been there when I was ranked far away or unknown.

It would be disrespectful for another player to say: Yeah, this girl is ranked however you want and she's this age. I should be able to win. That's not the case. I don't take my seeding into consideration when it comes to anything. I approach every match with a very competitive mindset regardless of the ranking or who I'm playing against. I've seen and played so many slams where anyone can win. And the seed is just a number. It's just an advantage so you don't play another seed in the first round. It doesn't mean you can't lose. We've seen a lot of seeds drop out. We've seen defending champions drop out," she explained.

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