Coco Gauff says overturning Roe v. Wade is 'going backwards', Serena Williams 'not ready' to share thoughts

    Coco Gauff during a training session ahead of Wimbledon.

    (CNN)The Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is a case of history repeating itself and "going backwards", American tennis star Coco Gauff said Saturday.

    Friday's opinion held that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to an abortion, with abortion rights to be determined by states, unless Congress acts.
    Speaking ahead of the start of Wimbledon's main draw, Gauff said she was "disappointed" with the decision.
      "I feel bad for future women and women now, but I also feel bad for those who protested for this," the 18-year-old told reporters.
        "To see that decision be reversed, I just think that's history repeating itself and I feel like, at least from my reading and researching because I do like history ... having this decision reversed just feels like we're almost going backwards."
        The Supreme Court's opinion has sparked concerns that the ruling could open the door for courts to overturn same-sex marriage, contraception and other rights.
        Though the majority opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, attempted to wall off its holding in Friday's abortion case from those other rulings, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote separately to call explicitly for those other rulings to be revisited.
          Gauff added that she was concerned the ruling could be the first of other similar decisions on social issues.
          "I feel like it also kind of puts a lead way in maybe to reverse other things that we -- I wouldn't say me personally -- worked so hard to reverse."
          Gauff during the French Open in May.
          The World no. 12 is set to face Romania's Elena-Gabriela Ruse, ranked 43 places below her, in the first round at the All England Tennis Club on Monday.
          Gauff will not face any Russian or Belarusian opponents at Wimbledon after the tournament organizer's decision to bar players from the two nations competing following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
          Quizzed on the move, the American said she understood "both sides".
          "For me it's a difficult decision just because I do know a lot of the Belarusian and Russian athletes and I know -- at least the ones that I spoke to -- [they] definitely don't support what's happening in Ukraine right now," Gauff said.
          "But I also do understand the side of trying to put global pressure on the Russian government to pull out of Ukraine and how sports can kind of impact that, so I think both sides of the situation are just tricky."
          The 18-year-old arrives in Wimbledon on the back of a first grand slam singles final appearance at the French Open in June.
          Though she suffered a straight sets