The talented Coco Gauff, who made her way through the Australian Open quarterfinals, shared the story behind the writings on her shoes.
There is something special about having a supportive and empathetic parent who stands by one’s side through thick and thin. Knowing that they have your back and will be with you at every step is one of the best things that matters more than winning. American professional tennis player Coco Gauff shared a pleasant element about her father’s support in her career and how it has inspired her over the years. The athlete, who recently appeared in the Australian Open quarterfinals, shared her love for the game as well as the many things that count as her unconditional support in an on-court interview posted by Australian Open TV.
Gauff was reminded during the interview that the fans and many others had noticed something written on her shoes and were curious to find out what it meant. Gauff revealed that there were many things written on her shoes and upon close inspection, there were different fonts and statements on her shoes. She revealed the most important statement written on her shoes at the very front. “One is, ‘You can change the world with your racquet.’ Something my dad told me since I was a little girl,” she said. Gauff mentioned that her dad’s statement persuaded her to fight for certain causes and become the confident, resilient sportswoman that she is.
Coco Gauff was asked about what’s written on her shoes after reaching Australian Open QF:— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) January 21, 2024
“A lot of things written. One is ‘you can change the world with your racquet.’ Something my dad told me since I was a little girl. It’s an inspiration for why I feel it’s important to speak… pic.twitter.com/jexmiddtcT
“It’s an inspiration for why I feel it’s important to speak up about certain issues,” she added. The next thing Gauff revealed that was written on her shoe were coordinates to the park she grew up at. The athlete shared how she grew up playing on public tennis courts and parks and how the place was important for her and her career. Moving on to the next set of elements written on her shoe, Gauff revealed that she had the names of her brothers, Cody and Cameron, imprinted. “I know they’re at home and I love you guys,” she said. Like a proud older sister she also revealed that her brother Cameron had won the most valued player in his football match.
“Super proud of you, Cam,” she said. On being asked whether her special shoes with all her memories engraved give her motivation, Gauff agreed. She said, “Sometimes my mom thinks I’m negative when I’m holding my head down, but sometimes I’m looking at my shoes and just a reminder that life is much more than tennis.” Gauff also revealed that her shoes and the various sentimental engravings help her realize that there is more to life and that she is not defined solely by her performance on the court. “I think that goes for everyone. Your workplace doesn’t define you as a person,” Gauff added.
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In the rest of the interview, Gauff also highlighted the relationship she shares with her parents. She mentioned that her mom and dad, who were present for her game, greatly contributed to her career. “Just surround yourself with good people,” she said. Gauff further pointed out that having tennis is a great plus to her life, but she has her family, her life and a lot more to be thankful for, as well.