Originally published in The Christian Institute
One of the world’s top female tennis players has given thanks to God after winning a major US tournament.
Coco Gauff, who is a member of Saint John Missionary Baptist Church in Florida, won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, having already defeated world number one Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals.
In an interview following her win, the 19-year-old world number six said: “I’d like to thank my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Previously speaking to the New York Times, Gauff explained: “Before every match since I was 8, my dad and I say a prayer together.
“We don’t really pray about victory, just that me and my opponent stay safe.”
She rose to fame at just 15-years-old after becoming the youngest tennis player in history to qualify for Wimbledon where she won a match against five-time champion Venus Williams.
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