Coco Gauff Responds To Sexist Comment On TikTok, Says Sports Is About Skill Not Gender

Tennis player Cori Coco Gauff replied to a sexist comment on TikTok saying tennis is not about gender but skills.

Ria Das
Aug 13, 2020 11:31 IST
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Tennis sensation Cori Coco Gauff gave a fitting reply to a sexist TikTok user who disrespected her saying that she wouldn’t be able to compete or beat a male tennis player because she's a girl. Best known as Coco in the fraternity, the sixteen-year-old said that playing better sports is not about gender but solely about the skills. Gauff added, "If you're a real athlete, then you understand this."


The American teenager had earlier got the better of tennis legend Venus Williams and Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open this year and she won her first singles title at age fifteen. Despite all of her efforts and achievements she was criticised for being a girl in the industry. However, an upset Gauff shut down the person like a boss.

"Bro what do you not understand she plays GIRLS tennis, he plays BOYS tennis, the skill gap is immeasurable," the comment said, adding "A pro girl wouldn't even win boys states." Setting the record straight. "If you think that you're better than me because of the sole fact that you're a boy and I'm a girl, that doesn't make any sense," she said calling out the person. She claimed, "If you could say you could beat me because you think your skill level is better than mine, I respect that, we could go out there and we'll compete and we'll see who's better," Seventeen reported.

What You Should Know

  • Tennis player Cori Coco Gauff replied to a sexist comment on TikTok saying tennis is not about gender but skills.
  • "If you're a real athlete, then you understand this." Gauff responded to the comment.

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Playing rough against the top seeds


World Number 53 Coco Gauff made restarted the season by clinching a thrilling match against WTA’s powerful player and second seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4 in two hours and 48 minutes at The Top Seed Open 2020 in Lexington.

“Just to stay calm and composed and make her play balls. My goal was to make her play as many balls as possible,” Gauff said post her win.

Now she will face off Ons Jabeur in the quarterfinals of WTA Lexington.

Coco Gauff: Youngest WTA winner

Last year she won her first WTA title and became the youngest to do so in the last 15 years. Nicole Vaidisova held the record of being the youngest WTA winner since 2004 when she won her first title. Breaking her record, Gauff blanked much experienced Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to lift the Upper Austria Ladies trophy.

She also became the second player in the last two seasons to claim a debut WTA singles title as a lucky loser. She holds the feat along with fellow teenager Olga Danilovic, who was a lucky loser when she won the trophy at the Moscow River Cup last season.

Earlier this year, Gauff recovered from a hip injury and now she is slaying in the court.


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Feature Image Credit: The New Yorker

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