Lauren Davis at Citi Open Tennis 2017 (Keith Allison CC BY-SA 2.0)Citi Open Tennis 2017 (Keith Allison CC BY-SA 2.0)

Born-again Christian Lauren Davis (pictured here in 2015) gained a shock victory at Wimbledon this year, beating defending champion Angelique Kerber in the second round.

Lauren Davis in 2015
Lauren Davis in 2015 (David Illif CC BY-SA 3.0)

The 25-year-old American has been outspoken about her faith and told US website Unashamed Athletes: “After I gave my life to Christ, I went through one of the hardest times in my life and through it all, I became much closer to God… I try my best to glorify God when I am on the court and outside tennis as well.”

Today’s players seem more comfortable expressing their faith on court, according to 1983 Wimbledon singles finalist Andrea Jaeger, who later became a nun: “Now you see players crossing themselves and looking up to thank God a lot more than when we were on the circuit.”

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