Fifteen-year-old tennis prodigy Coco Gauff, who defeated Venus Williams this month in the Wimbledon singles championship, revealed that before every match she prays for her opponents.
Gauff raised her hands in gratitude on Monday, July 1 after beating her idol, Williams, in a changing-of-the-guard match. She’s the youngest contestant and has been taking the tennis world by storm with her ability.
Her athleticism, however, is not the only thing that’s drawing people’s attention. Her faith and sincerity also made the news. Before her match with Williams at All England Club, Gauff took a moment to thank Williams, the champion at the time, for everything she has done to pave the way for girls in the sport.
“She’s been an inspiration for many people,” Gauff told The New York Times in an interview following the momentous match. “I was just really telling her thank you. I met her before, but I didn’t really have the guts to say anything.”
After shaking hands with Williams, the teenager knelt down by her chair in tears. When asked by the outlet what she was doing at that moment, she unashamedly said she was praying, a spiritual practice she began with her father every time before heading out on the court.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law