“End gun violence” – US star Coco Gauff’s emotional plea when she reveals that she was personally affected by school shootings

COCO GAUFF has called for stricter gun controls in the US after revealing she was personally affected by a shooting at a horror school.

The 18-year-old wrote “Peace – End Gun Violence” on a TV camera as she reached the final of the French Open in Roland-Garros.

US tennis star Coco Gauff made it to the final of the French Open in Rolland-Garros

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US tennis star Coco Gauff made it to the final of the French Open in Rolland-GarrosPhoto credit: Getty

Gauff claimed a 6-3, 6-1 win over Italy’s Martina Trevisan to become the youngest women’s Slam finalist since 17-year-old Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004 – and will face the No. 1 tomorrow World, Iga Swiatek to compete for the title.

Her decision to speak out comes after last week’s horrific scenes at a Texas elementary school, when a lone gunman shot dead 19 children and two teachers.

For the first time, Gauff announced that she has friends who survived a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Valentine’s Day 2018 when 17 people were killed by an expelled student.

Gauff said: “It’s a kind of home for me. I had friends who were at the parkland shoot.

“I remember seeing this whole experience pretty first hand and seeing friends go through this whole experience. Luckily they were able to get rid of it.

“I was maybe 13 or 14 when that happened – and it still hasn’t changed. That was a message for the people at home and for the people around the world.

“Hopefully it gets into the minds of the people in office to change things.

“I know how many people watched this game, so maybe I drew some global attention to what’s going on in the US.”

Gauff said she was inspired to become an athlete activist by LeBron James, Serena Williams, Billie Jean King, Colin Kaepernick and Naomi Osaka.

The Florida teenager said: “My dad always told me that I could change the world with my racket. But he didn’t just mean playing tennis. He meant to comment on such subjects.

“The first thing my dad said to me after I walked off was, ‘I’m proud of you and I love what you wrote on the camera.’

“People always say, oh, sport and politics should be kept separate. I would say yes, but at the same time I’m human first before I’m a tennis player.

“I wouldn’t even think about gun violence politics. I guess that’s just life in general. I don’t think that’s political at all.”

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Coco Gauff called for stricter gun control and an end to gun violence

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Coco Gauff called for stricter gun control and an end to gun violencePhoto credit: Twitter

Gauff was unhappy with Trevisan’s screeches throughout the game and complained to the referee in the opening games.

World No. 23 will not be a favorite for the final.

Poland’s Swiatek’s 6-2, 6-1 smashing of Russia’s Daria Kasatkina was her 34th win in a row.

The unstoppable Pole, who won the 2020 title, says she listened to Led Zeppelin to get the juices flowing.

The Warsaw warrior is two, maybe three sets away from achieving her own tennis stairway to heaven.

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