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Coco Gauff’s Trailblazing 3-Year-Old Speech Turns ESPN Tennis Analyst Emotional

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There is no denying, when it comes to Coco Gauff‘s skill on the court! Aside from her incredible talent, she is also well-known for her outspokenness on a variety of issues.

The 19-year-old boldly voices her support for causes near and dear to her heart, from social justice to morality, and she gains respect for her dedication to changing the game both on and off the court.

Just like that, a few years ago, there was a time when she stood up and demanded change in black life’s concerns. Recently, an American broadcaster, a popular face of ESPN, shared her take on one of the poignant moments involving tennis while talking about an American tennis sensation’s speech concerning the same topic.

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Gauff is a bright example of how sports can go beyond their confines to inspire change and promote meaningful conversation at a time when players are increasingly using their platform for advocacy. Recently, when the ESPN analyst was asked to talk about the memorable moments that she had covering women’s tennis, she opened up about the time when she went to Gauff’s hometown after she stood up for black lives matter.
She said, “Coco Gauff, I went down after she made the national scene, and going down to her house in Delray, meeting her grandmother, during the unrest that summer after George Floyd, that we heard Coco speak up. And I was just so proud of her. When I met her grandmother I was like, ‘Oh, of course, this is why she did it.’ “
She highlighted how, after hearing the 19-year-old speak up, she was not only impressed with the way she took a stand nationally. But at the same time, she also figures out who motivated her to be when she met her grandmother, in her hometown. It won’t be long to say that the US Open champion has not only impressed people with her tennis skills but also with her stand on various topics.
However, do you know that it was her grandmother who motivated her to be the vocalist that she is today? Back in 2020, after making her point clear, Gauff revealed why she decided to speak up and use the platform that she had.

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After an unarmed George Floyd was killed in jail, it was one of the biggest issues of the time. Back in 2020, it was her even 19-year-old who spoke out for justice, and that was one of the things she had to take forward from her grandmother. In one of the past interviews, she talked about how her grandmother inspired her to be a soloist and use her platform for the best.

She said, “She’s the sole, or one of the main, reasons why I use my platform the way that I do and why I feel so comfortable speaking out. For those who don’t know, She was the first black person to go to what was then called Seacrest High School. That happened, like, six months after Ruby Bridges did her integration.”

Not only that, but she also highlighted how her grandmother always reminded her that she is a person first, then an athlete, and how saying a speech is easier for her than putting out a tweet with less effect.

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