Coco Gauff Writes 'End Gun Violence' on Camera After Advancing to French Open Final

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJune 2, 2022

Coco Gauff of the U.S.celebrates scoring a point as she plays Italy's Martina Trevisan during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Thursday, June 2, 2022 in Paris. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias

Coco Gauff had a clear and succinct message following her victory over Martina Trevisan in the French Open semifinals.

Gauff wrote "peace" and "end gun violence" on one of the courtside television camera lens:

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“Peace. End gun violence.”<br><br>Coco Gauff leaves a powerful message after she advances to her first Grand Slam final 🙌<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCSports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NBCSports</a>)<a href="https://t.co/QfWsjPYWtY">pic.twitter.com/QfWsjPYWtY</a>

Gauff told Tennis Channel's Jon Wertheim the United States "need[s] some change and reform regarding that aspect."

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"Ever since I was young, you guys know I use my platform to bring attention to topics and today was one of those days."<br><br>Recent high school graduate <a href="https://twitter.com/CocoGauff?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CocoGauff</a> dropping some wisdom 🙏<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RolandGarros?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RolandGarros</a> <a href="https://t.co/6u1hNrchXk">pic.twitter.com/6u1hNrchXk</a>

The country has seen multiple mass shootings within the last month.

On May 14, a gunman shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. FBI director Christopher Wray described the shooting as "a hate crime" and "an act of racially motivated violent extremism," with the suspect having targeted a popular store in a predominantly Black community.

Ten days later, a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Nineteen children and two teachers died in the shooting.

On Wednesday, four people died in a shooting at a medical facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The shootings have increased calls for tighter gun control measures across the country. While new legislation is under consideration, no bills have been passed in the immediate aftermath.