American tennis legend Chris Evert has praised the efforts of 16 year old American tennis sensation Coco Gauff to use her voice against racism, saying that she could be a future leader, role model and activist.
Chris Evert says Coco Gauff could be a champion of tennis and human rights
Evert was referring to Coco Gauff's message over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of a white police officer and the resultant protests that have hit the United States.
In a tweet, the 18 time Grand Slam singles champion Evert said, "I believe we have a future leader, role model, and activist at the young age of 16, she is showing up in the fight against racial prejudice. She could champion human rights and still be a champion in tennis.
I believe she can be an inspiration and do it all”.
Gauff responded back to Evert, saying "Thank you. I will always fight for what is right”. Gauff is among many tennis players who have raised their voice against racial discrimination - others being 23 time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka and Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios.
I believe we have a future leader, role model, and activist in @CocoGauff At the young age of 16, she is showing up in the fight against racial prejudice. She could champion human rights and still be a champion in tennis.
I believe she can be an inspiration and do it all..❤️ — Chris Evert (@ChrissieEvert) May 30, 2020
Osaka and Kyrgios had both posted messages on Twitter about the attacks while Serena Williams had posted a video on her Instagram account. Gauff, Osaka and Williams are among those who have also featured in a video that American tennis player Frannces Tiafoe has put up on his social media regarding racism.
16 year old Coco Gauff is the youngest player ranked in the top 100 in the world and has a career-high ranking of No. 49 in the world in singles, and No.
thank you. I will always fight for what is right. — Coco Gauff (@CocoGauff) May 30, 2020
42 in doubles. She won her first WTA singles title at the 2019 Linz Open at the age of 15, making her the youngest singles title-holder on the WTA Tour since 2004. She also has won two WTA doubles titles. She reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year and the fourth round of the Australian Open earlier this year.