HOT OR NOT:  Coco Gauff shows she has substance on and off the court

HOT OR NOT: It’s fair to say Coco Gauff has shown she has substance on and off the court… while the NFL should be on both knees after the Colin Kaepernick saga

  • Coco Gauff speaking out shows she has substance well beyond her young years 
  • Barry Hearn managed to get some sport for us to watch and should be praised
  • The NFL’s handling of the Colin Kaepernick saga should not be forgotten

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail’s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week.


Coco Gauff

We learned at Wimbledon last summer that Gauff isn’t the meek sort. We also heard her talk of social activism, which ran the risk of attracting cynicism from folk familiar with athletes who wrap earnest words around hollow sentiments. After her speeches and tweets of the past week, it is safe to say the 16-year-old has substance on the court and off it.

Coco Gauff’s tweets and speeches show the 16-year-old has substance on and off the court

He told Sportsmail a few weeks back that he had given ‘a starving man a sandwich’ by showcasing darts from the homes of players. By getting snooker back on television this week, he has added a bag of crisps and a can of pop. Not a proper meal, but it’s something.

By getting snooker back on television this week, Barry Hearn has given us something to watch

Alexis Sanchez

Inter Milan can see something behind closed doors that we can only wonder about. So let us assume on the basis that they have extended his woeful and expensive loan from Manchester United that he has been reborn in training. Otherwise they are truly crackers.

Alexis Sanchez has managed to extend his Inter Milan loan despite an indifferent spell


Sky Brown

It is reassuring to see the 11-year-old skateboarding prodigy is recovering after an awful crash. Quite troubling, though, is the over-produced video she put out of the incident. The Nike athlete is reported to have been unresponsive briefly and the footage plays to that with audio of a flat-lining monitor, among other things. There is a marketing operation around the Team GB skater and you can only hope that the idea was hers alone.

Nike athlete Sky Brown’s over-produced video of her accident was slightly troubling


In the wake of George Floyd’s killing they tell us they ‘stand with the black community because Black Lives Matter’. Sentiments that shouldn’t have required much thought. But then we think back to how they handled the Colin Kaepernick saga. They should be down on both knees.

The NFL say ‘Black Lives Matter’, but the Colin Kaepernick saga is still fresh in the memory

Mauricio Sulaiman

The president of the WBC has given his support to a 53-year-old Mike Tyson returning to boxing. This being the same figurehead who had little concern about the allegations of a farmer who said he gave false evidence to help Tyson Fury fight a doping charge. He’s a piece of work, or something.

Mauricio Sulaiman has questionably supported 53-year-old Mike Tyson to return to boxing

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