While tennis prizemoney has increased exponentially since the beginning of the Open era and probably makes Billie Jean King simultaneously wince, and feel satisfied , the bounty to be had off-court, at least by the very top players, is even greater. Just saw Nole and Rafa being interviewed casually by Johnny Mac. From what he gathered, the tennis player is not gay rather, he is in love with a French tennis player called Kristina Mladenovic. After the success of the event, McCarvel will host another discussion before the Australian Open, this time with former basketball star and gay trailblazer Jason Collins. Some of it speculation, maybe, but very thoroughly researched and thoughtful speculation, nonetheless. Queers in History: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Historical Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals.
But it is reasonable to think that, as players mature during their 20s, and even play on until their early to mid 30s, at least one, and possibly more, might eventually feel comfortable enough to disclose their sexual orientation while still playing. Naomi Cavaday, the former British No. Just being picked on for being different. And they all treat him like one of the boys. He has no clear role definition within Rafa's team, and there he was, after Rafa won today, giving him a big hug and a kiss. They just think if they appear to be hetero, it makes for a better public image and stops them getting beaten up.
Archived from on 8 December 2015. Nobody said the word was used in American English - as if that were the only variety of English in the world! But, believe it or not, there is at least one creature in tennis which is even rarer, indeed almost mythical — the openly gay or bisexual male tennis player. I never saw myself being a pioneer or advocate and. Maybe it's just a coincidence, like you said. Billie Jean King, left, and Martina Navratilova were trailblazers for lesbian players.
If he was gay what difference would it make? He doesn't need to have her there. The court being wet and the balls so slow virtually negated Nadal's blistering forehand and topspin, hence the loss of 8 straight games. Tennis is one of the all-time greatest sports. And, while there are some teams competitions throughout the year most importantly Davis Cup for men and Federation Cup for women , these are only for short time periods, with many elite players opting out of them from time to time. When Hell Freezes Over: Should I Bring My Skates?. Its probably more to do with money. King, and Navratilova, and Mauresmo, and others, have had to fight these battles, and have eventually emerged victorious, together with the help of allies some of whom themselves needed to be educated.
Former pro tennis player Brian Vahaly is now a venture capitalist in Washington, D. The answer is: lots, and not very much at the same time. Tennis also benefits from the absence of partisan crowds, which could reduce the fear players have in coming out. So, it led you to assume that this guy out here in the world I know we live in also has that guy as a gay. She, however, turned professional in 2009 and subsequently made her grand slam at the 2009 Australian Open. I can think of at least 2 Hollywood actors. Like Why is that implausible? All that, at 19 years of age as an aside, it is worth noting that one of the players who, at least early in her career, had a reputation for being mentally fragile on the court, was incredibly strong off it.
Basically, next to golf, tennis is the quietest sport in the world. The sporting world not been ignorant of the discussion, and many sportspersons in the recent past have found themselves comfortable enough to come out as gay or lesbian. As a gay man, I recognize that I am often in situations where I am surrounded exclusively by straight people. Archived from on 6 January 2012. Unlike several other sports, where athletes have received serious backlash and threats, tennis has been largely open and non-homophobic. And yet, in spite of this supposedly hospitable climate, tennis's wait for a first openly gay active male player since the 1940s continues.
A sport that involves either one on one matches or for a 2 on 2 match. In the meantime, the wait for an openly gay or bisexual male tennis player continues. Although i doubt any fear being beat up. Australian tennis has rediscovered what it is like to have players reach the Australian Open quarter-finals, with Nick Kyrgios achieving the feat last year 2015 , and he and Bernard Tomic possibilities to do so again this year and into the future. Martina navratilova Since Billie Jean King and other women players from Martina Navratilova to Serena Williams, no sport has drawn international attention to women athletes like tennis.
I've seen a documentary not so long ago, where a lot of men are still living on the down low. Serena Williams may now be the greatest female athlete of all time. From memory, no male players joined that protest — and I doubt many would if similar circumstances arose today. The latter confirmed their relationship in 2018 and their fans are really excited about it. But, and this is the important part, both were forced to apologise. Not that they would have had a shot either way. The podcast is and Vahaly starts discussing his sexuality at the 15:35 mark, but the whole thing is worthwhile for sports fans as he discusses the withdrawal that sets in for a pro athlete when they retire, the joys of the tour and his sports hopes for his sons.
While I wrote in the original post that older players might stand more chance of coming out on their own terms, it is also possible that this new generation of players will shake things up in more ways than just their on-court play. The reality is that homosexuality in men's tennis will be most discussed this year in relation to Margaret Court, the 24-time grand-slam winner. Although i doubt any fear being beat up. Some dunce male football soccer players call male tennis players 'poofters', implying that they are gay, but football is played with lots of boys running around with no shirt on. Nick Kyrgios ranked 30 and Thanasi Kokkinakis ranked 86 have youthful company inside the top 100 with Borna Coric, Hyeon Chung and Alexander Zverev currently ranked 40, 51 and 83 respectively , and look likely to be joined by Karen Khachanov and Quentin Halys, too. She and her partner, Amanda Judd, just had their second child together April 27.
If Rafa is gay - are you saying his girlfriend is just a decoy then? Perhaps there are other factors that have not been identified or considered. Archived from on 8 March 2012. He'd still be Rafael Nadal and he'd still play beautiful tennis. It's in his face and eyes. Nobody expects you to know what a drongo is even though you are one , but it comes as no surprise that you're not familiar with it, and that you haven't got the intelligence to know how to look it up. That kind of leadership did not exist at that time.