After winning her second major competition in just a few weeks, tennis sensation Coco Gauff took a moment after her victory at the 2023 Western & Southern Open Women’s Single Championship to thank her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
“I spent a lot of nights alone, crying, trying to figure it out,” said Gauff as she accepted her trophy after triumphing in Cincinnati, Ohio over the weekend. “I thank Him for covering me.”
The 19-year-old tennis star defeated Karolina Muchova from the Czech Republic during the Women’s Tennis Association 1000 event, and also took a moment to praise her opponent’s skills and talent on the court.
“I would like to congratulate Karolina on an incredible run this tournament,” said Gauff. “I’ve always been watching you and seeing that she’s such an incredible player. It’s good to see you healthy on tour. I think you’re going to keep going. I’m sure we’re going to have many more tournaments like this and, hopefully, on an even bigger stage than this one. So, congrats to you and your team over there for all the progress that you guys have made.”
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Gauff is well known for carrying her faith on her shoulders. Several weeks ago after winning the Mubadala Citi DC Open Women’s final earlier in August, she also tributed victory to God, saying, “I’d like to thank my Father, God for this.”
While some new to Gauff may wonder how long she has been a Christian, a quick search online will show you that her faith has been part of her life since a very young age.
Gauff emphasized the significance of her faith in interviews with The New York Times in 2019 and The New York Times Magazine three years later. Since she was 8, she and her father have shared a pre-match prayer, focusing not on victory, but on the safety of both players.
After her historic win against her idol Venus Williams at Wimbledon, where Gauff was the youngest and Williams the oldest qualifier, she expressed gratitude to God for the opportunity. Gauff believes in praying for health over results, saying it would be unwise to pray solely for outcomes.
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