The American tennis sensation, Coco Gauff, made a heartwarming gesture off the field as she gifted ball kids crew shoes during the qualifying tie between the United States and Austria at the Billie Jean King Cup 2023. Gauff, in association with her sponsors New Balance, gifted the all-girls ball kids crew pairs of CG1 shoes, which are her signature shoes as well. The 19-year-old tennis star's personalised shoes which were inscribed with a motivational message were presented to the crew as an effort to inspire and motivate the upcoming generation.
The message on the shoes read, “You can change the world with your racket.” The white shoes are a representation of Gauff’s tennis journey and symbolise empowerment.
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Speaking of the match, team USA went up 2-0 in the Qualifiers tie on Friday, where the young tennis star started off on an ideal note winning 6-1, 6-3 over Austria’s tennis star Julia Grabher.
American no. 1, Jessica Pegula then, extended US’s lead with a 6-0, 7-5 victory against Sinja Kraus, with US being one spot away from the finals of the Billie Jean King Cup. The final doubles match saw the duo of Gauff and Caty McNally, where the US duo emerged 6-1, 6-4 win over Melanie Klaffner and Sinja Kraus, ensuring a clean sweep for their team.