Coco Goff became the youngest Grand Slam finalist in 18 years at the French Open on Thursday and wrote “Peace, an End to Gun Violence” on a court-side TV camera in response to a mass shooting in the United States. Used his historic performance to demand. The 18-year-old American star will face world number one Ega Svetic in the final on Saturday, after which she will beat Martina Travison 6-3, 6-1 in her semifinals. Before writing her application for gun control at home, she insisted that the recent tragedy meant she would equalize the victory or defeat in the championship match.
“Yes, it’s a Grand Slam final, but there’s a lot going on in the world, especially in the United States – I don’t think it’s important to put pressure on tennis matches,” he said in an on-court TV interview.
“Peace. The End of Gun Violence. Cocoa.”
– Tennis Channel (enTennisChannel) June 2, 2022
Gough was speaking hours after a gunman killed at least four people in a hospital building in Tulsa, Oklahoma, following a series of mass shootings in the United States in recent weeks. The latest in the series.
The killings come as Texas families bury their dead after a school shooting just 19 days ago killed 19 young children.
Winners of the French Open are invited to write messages on Courtside TV cameras. They are usually light-hearted, often offensive.
However, Goff took advantage of the opportunity in front of a global TV audience, hoping that his gun control message would “go to the heads of those in the office so that things can change.”
“The first thing my father said to me after I got out of court, I’m proud of you and I like what you wrote on camera.”
Goff said she did not intend to write the message if she won the match on Roland Garros’ showpiece Philippe Chatterior Court.
“It just felt right at the moment and writing this. I woke up this morning and I saw another shooting going on, and I think it’s just crazy.”
Goff hopes that living in Europe will help spread his message to a wider audience.
“I know people around the world are definitely watching,” he said.
Goff explained that the February 17 shooting death of 17 students at a Parkland School in Florida at the hands of a young gunman had already raised the issue on a personal level.
He had some close friends at that time.
“Luckily he managed to get out of it. I just think it’s crazy. I think I was probably 13 or 14 when it happened, and still nothing has changed.”
Goff insisted that she would now talk about political and social issues as she turned 18 and had the right to vote.
“Ever since I was little, my dad told me I could change the world with my racquet. He didn’t mean just playing tennis. He meant talking about things like that.”
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