Coco Gauff Responds to Sexist Comment, Says Beating Her at Tennis Is About Skill Level, Not Gender

Kori Williams
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Photo credit: Tim Clayton - Corbis - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim Clayton - Corbis - Getty Images

From Seventeen

  • Tennis player Cori "Coco" Gauff replied to a comment on TikTok saying she wouldn't be able to beat a male tennis player because she's a girl.

  • She responded by saying that being able to beat her is about a person's skill level, not their gender.

Cori "Coco" Gauff has been dominating the game of tennis. She beat tennis legend Venus Williams at the Australian Open and she won her first singles title at just 15 years old, according to The New York Times. Now she's letting the world know: if you're better than her at tennis, it's because of your skill, not your gender. She says, "If you're a real athlete, then you understand this."

On TikTok, the now 16 year old Coco replied to a comment that said she that said she wouldn’t be able to beat a male tennis player because she's a girl. "Bro what do you not understand she plays GIRLS tennis, he plays BOYS tennis, the skill gap is immeasurable," the comment said. "A pro girl wouldn't even win boys states."

But Coco set the record straight. She she started off by saying that, despite her age, she plays women's tennis, not girl's tennis. Aside from Venus Williams, she's also played against other pros like Daria Kasatkina and Asia Muhammad.

"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 says in part. She goes on to say, "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."

Watch Coco speak nothing but facts below:

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