Coco Gauff says featuring in Wimbledon's centenary campaign 'nearly made her cry' as she prepares for 2022 bow
Coco Gauff says we can all sometimes "forget our childhood dreams a little bit", but that she hopes she can channel hers into a strong tilt at the Wimbledon 2022 title. Gauff reached the final of the recent French Open, and tends to perform well on the grass where her powerful game comes into play. She faces Elena-Gabriela Ruse in her first-round match on Tuesday.
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Her progression since then - under the weight of expectation - has been full of ups and downs, but featuring on a campaign showcasing Wimbledon's centenary made her step back and realise how far she has come.
Speaking ahead of her first-round match against Elena-Gabriela Ruse on Tuesday, Gauff said: "I did not expect the [centenary] graphic to come out beforehand.
"I saw it for the first time and I was almost about to cry because it just really takes you back. I feel like growing up - and not just as a tennis player, I'm a young adult now - we kind of forget our childhood dreams a little bit.
"And that reminded me of that and reminded me of being grateful of being here.
"The relationship with this tournament is something that I feel like the rest of the world remembers, and that obviously me I remember the most.
"That experience in 2019 was something I will never forget."
Aside from her tennis Gauff uses her global profile to speak out on a wide range of issues, and she did so just this week on the topic of abortion, which has now been banned in multiple US states following a ruling by the country's Supreme Court.
She said: "I think it's really important for me to use my platform in the best way that I can, just because I know so many people of all ages are watching me and watching what I say so I try to use it carefully, but also use it in a way to voice my opinion on things that I truly do care about.
"And I always try to make sure I have all the information on hand before I actually tweet or say something in an interview just because I want to make sure that my opinion is something that I can support. And also I don't want to hop on a bandwagon or anything like that.
Coco Gauff of the United States in action against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in her quarter-final match on Day 5 of the bett1open 2022 Berlin, Part of the Hologic WTA Tour, at LTTC Rot-Weiß e.V. on June 17, 2022 in Berlin, Germany
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"So I try to do my best to use this platform as responsibly as I can and I think I've been doing it pretty well."
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