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Coco Gauff will use the US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion rights as motivation at Wimbledon

‘I feel like it gives me more fuel’: US teen Coco Gauff says she’ll use US Supreme Court’s ‘backward’ decision on abortion rights as motivation to win Wimbledon, admitting ‘hopefully change will come ‘

  • Millions of American women lose the right to abortion after the Roe v Wade ruling
  • Coco Gauff says she will be more driven at Wimbledon by the decision
  • The American teen is one of this year’s favorites at the All England Club
  • She believes she can handle the pressure, despite being only 18 years old

American teen Coco Gauff says she uses the US Supreme Court’s “backward” decision on abortion rights as motivation to win Wimbledon so she can continue to highlight it as unjust.

The destruction of the 1973 Roe v Wade ruling devastated many Americans, including Gauff, the 18-year-old who reached the final of the French Open earlier this month.

She is one of the favorites to win Wimbledon and feels that the longer she stays with SW19, the more her message will be heard worldwide.

Coco Gauff Says She Will Use U.S. Supreme Court's Abortion Rights Decision As Motivation

Coco Gauff Says She Will Use U.S. Supreme Court’s Abortion Rights Decision As Motivation

Millions of American women lose the right to abortion after the Roe v Wade decision was reversed

Millions of American women lose the right to abortion after the Roe v Wade decision was reversed

Discussing the landmark decision that will violate reproductive rights in America, during her pre-tournament press conference on Saturday, Gauff said: “I feel bad for future women and women now, but I also feel bad for those who protested against this. don’t even know how many years ago. Now that this decision has been reversed, I feel like we are almost going backwards.

“But I still want to encourage people to use their voice and not get too discouraged because we can definitely change something and hopefully change will come.”

Asked about balancing a Grand Slam with her anger and frustration at this kind of news, Gauff continued: ‘The same thing happened at the French Open where I talked about gun violence.

Gauff has urged people to 'use their voices' to make a change after Friday's ruling

Gauff has urged people to ‘use their voices’ to make a change after Friday’s ruling

The teenager reached the French Open final this year and is one of the favorites for Wimbledon

The teenager reached the French Open final this year and is one of the favorites for Wimbledon

“So I definitely don’t think it affects my performance. I feel like it gives me more fuel.

“I know that the more I win, the later I get into tournaments, the more people watch, the more people can hear my message. I feel like I’m almost using that as fuel to do better.’

Gauff has reached the fourth round of Wimbledon twice, in 2019 and 2021. She was only 15 when she made her debut three years ago.

Gauff was just 15 years old when she reached the fourth round on her SW19 debut in 2019

Gauff was just 15 years old when she reached the fourth round on her SW19 debut in 2019

“Honestly, I feel a lot more relaxed than when I was considered the ‘thrill’ or whatever,” she said. “It felt like everyone wanted the results to happen now, now, now. This time, even though I’m considered a favorite, I don’t feel like it as much as I did when I was 15 or even 16.

“I felt like I was a bit delusional about how many people wanted me to win, when now I feel like if it happens, it happens. If not, then don’t.

“Every tournament I participate in, I believe I can win it. With the good success in recent weeks, especially at the French Open, it builds my confidence even more.’

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