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US Open champ Coco Gauff hopes for ceasefire in Gaza and for Israeli hostages to be returned home

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Coco Gauff, who was named to TIME magazine’s 2024 Women of the Year list, is hoping for peace in Gaza and that Israeli hostages taken by Hamas are released, but the young tennis star fears the worst as the conflict continues.

Speaking to the magazine in an article published Wednesday, the 2023 U.S. Open champion addressed the ongoing war which began on Oct. 7 when Hamas militants attacked Israel’s southern border, killing more than 1,200 people, with some 250 others taken hostage.

“I don’t really support the mass violence going on to innocent people on both ends of the spectrum,” Gauff said. “And there’s one side that’s getting killed at more drastically faster rates than the other side.”

The magazine said that Gauff “wants Hamas to release all Israeli hostages and wants to see a ceasefire, but she fears that neither side is hearing the other.”

“I feel like it’s becoming more, if you don’t support what’s happening in Gaza, it makes you feel like you’re antisemitic,” Gauff added. “I feel far from that.”

Days after the Oct. 7 attacks, the WTA released a statement condemning “the horrific acts of terrorism.”

“The WTA mourns the loss of innocent lives in Israel, grieves with those still searching for loved ones, and condemns the horrific acts of terrorism and violence in the region. We stand with our Israeli athletes — and all WTA athletes including those from areas of conflict around the world. We pray for the recovery of the wounded, the healing of communities impacted, and peace in the region.”

Gauff also posted a message on Instagram at the time condemning “any acts of terrorism.”

“I am heartbroken by the tragic loss of innocent lives and firmly denounce any acts of terrorism. My heart goes out to all of the innocent Israeli and Palestinian lives involved,” she said in the post, via Tennis World.

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