Why are lesbian tennis players out of the closet but the Gay and Bisexual male tennis players are still hiding?

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Whenever a heterosexual male tennis player is playing tennis, the cameras will always gaze into the stands, at the model girlfriend or wife.  partner. For instance, when Tim Henman matches were broadcast on television, the cameras always focused on wife Lucy. On the BBC, the commentators will always mention that Henman is happily married, with a wife, and children.

At the US OPEN, CBS sports talked constantly about Tommy Haas girlfriend. When Andre Agassi played the media always discussed his heterosexual marriage to former pro Steffi Graf. It also happens all the time with Roger Federer the cameras will gaze over at Mirka. When Rafael Nadal is playing the cameras will focus on his girlfriend.

Of course, heterosexual male tennis players exist on the ATP tour. However, there are also gay and bisexual male tennis players because due to science there are always gay and bisexual men in a population. It is a fact of life that some men are gay or bisexual so why are the male tennis players reticent about their bisexuality and homosexuality?

My theory is,I think some ATP Tour players have “public” girlfriends, and “private” boyfriends. The sports culture is very heterosexist and macho. There are also some male sports fans they would cringe and be disgusted if their favorite male athletes were gay or bisexual. People also forget about  bisexuality some people believe men cannot be bisexual and this is false.There are plenty of men out there that are sexually attracted to both sexes. I think some of these male tennis players are also bisexuals.

In the sports community, a man’s masculinity is tied in with his sexuality. The question is why? The heterosexist message is gay and bisexual men cannot be strong men. The myth of the mainstream society is that a gay man cannot be masculine and  be a great athlete. The illogical theory is if a gay male athlete does come out then the myth of his masculinity is shattered and he is less of a man.

Next, some straight people will say being gay “doesn’t matter” in sports. Well if being gay isn’t a big deal, why is there still the “shame”? Why is being straight such a big deal in sports? Why hasn’t a  gay male tennis player in the Open era  come out of the closet? Open era tennis started in 1968 its been thirty nine years and no male tennis player has ever stated that he is gay.

Yet on the WTA tennis fans know of the many lesbian tennis stars. Of course in society lesbianism isn’t considered a threat to mainstream male sports fans. Lesbianism is also not a threat to heterosexual men. Yet the idea that straight male sports fans favorite male athletes can be gay seems to be a threat to their psyches and masculinity. The fear of the unknown outrages some straight men. I believe men are keeping other men in the closet. Of course, another point to consider is the closeted gay male athletes want to maintain the “respect” of their heterosexual male colleagues so they also remain in the closet.

Why is being straight considered part of the “public” sphere but being “gay” viewed as a private matter? The notion of heterosexuality is socially constructed and enforced that we don’t even question why is it important to point out tennis players heterosexuality. Perhaps that’s the problem? Maybe the day will come where being gay in sports isn’t a big deal but it still is.

Perhaps women are also more mature when it comes to dealing with issues of sexuality in sports? Most women don’t care if a female tennis player is a lesbian. On the WTA the players don’t care that Amelie Mauresmo is a lesbian tennis champion. Amelie is respected as a champion. Although Amelie Mauresmo is having a “bad” year by her standards she’s still top 10 in the world. Amelie is a national hero in France, she is loved by the French people and considered a heroine. The French don’t care that Amelie is a lesbian they love her unconditionally. In France, the dream of the nation is that one day Amelie will win the French Open. I know Amelie has the game and talent to win the French Open maybe next year perhaps?

So the public is just supposed to believe the WTA has a disproportionate lesbian population and there are “no” gay male tennis stars? I find this very hard to believe due to science. In a population, there will always be a certain percentage that is gay. There are so many lesbian singles and doubles tennis champions.  There has to be male tennis champions that are homosexual yet they choose to be cowards and hide in the closet.

There was a rumour earlier this year that the French tennis player Richard Gasquet is gay. The rumour burnt into a bright flame when French journalists at the Monte Carlo Masters in April asked Richard if he was gay. The French magazine, Le Point, conducted an  interview with a French business man Arnaud Lagardere claiming he was involved with Gasquet. Lagardere deined the gay rumour. Richard has also denied the rumours. In France, the story is that an older French businessman Arnaud Largardere is Richard’s secret lover. Richard and Lagardere have both denied that they are together.

However, tennis fans across the globe erupted when the story first emerged. Now I am not denying Richard’s heterosexuality. I am simply questioning why some tennis fans have no problem with lesbianism on the WTA but do have a problem with even the thought that some of the ATP tour male tennis players could be gay? Do these tennis fans think being gay is only reserved for the women’s tour?

The Australian tennis pro Renee Stubbs, came out last year during the 2006 Australian Open, to the Melbourne newspaper The Age. Stubbs used to date American doubles specialist Lisa Raymond. Of course, everyone knows that two great tennis champions Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King are lesbians. In Spain, the Spanish media have talked about former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez lesbianism for years. Conchita used to date the American doubles pro Gigi Fernandez. The USA tennis commenators even discussed Martinez and Fernandez lesbian romance over a decade ago. There are rumours that the Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur and the Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova are also lesbians.

Since there are lesbians on the WTA, why are the ATP tour players still in the closet? The great Bill Tilden also know as “Big Bill” is the only male tennis champion that we know is gay. Tilden won Wimbledon three times and he was a seven time US OPEN champion during the 1920s and 1930s. Tilden brought glamour, sophistication, and a touch of drama to men’s tennis. Why is there this void in men’s tennis? Tilden cannot possibly be the only man to ever play pro tennis and be gay?

Tennis is an individual sport. There is absolutely no reason why a player would need to remain closeted. In pro tennis you are on your own you don’t have to answer to any “team members”. I think it would be easier for male tennis players to come out in tennis or golf then say pro hockey, basketball, football, or baseball.

Amelie Mauresmo did not lose any endorsements when she came out and that’s progress. Back in the 1980s, when Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King were forced out of the closet. King’s hairdresser outed her, and Navratilova was outed by a journalist. King and Navratilova lost their endorsement deals.

Times have changed in professional tennis Amelie Mauresmo is very respected in the tennis world and she makes good money on the court and off the court. It is perfectly possible to be openly gay and have a successful tennis career because Amelie Mauresmo is proof of this.

I am not advocating that gay male tennis players should hold press conferences coming out or doing big articles or photo shoots. Amelie Mauresmo simply didn’t deny she was gay and that was it. I think that’s the kind of approach the gay male tennis players can follow. Being gay in sports wouldn’t be as big a deal if more male pro athletes come out. The more players come out the more common it would be for fans to accept these gay male tennis players.

I think it goes to show that the lesbians are the ones with the courage. The lesbians are the ones that pushed the battle for gay rights forward in the sports arena not gay men. It is the lesbians in the 1980s and 1990s that encounter some homophobia but won the battle. The fear of lesbianism on the WTA tour has faded away. Being a lesbian on the WTA tour is not a shock to anyone. So why would it still be a shock for tennis fans if some top male tennis players were indeed gay or bisexual?

On numerous tennis message boards just bringing up the topic about male athletes being gay strikes a chord in people it’s a passionate subject. I think it’s entirely possible there has to be gay male tennis players or golfers. I mean think about it these guys travel together across the globe, they spend a lot of down time off the court together, practice together, maybe even share hotel rooms, and have meals together.

Why is it so hard for some people to believe some of these male tennis players are dating each other? Would tennis fans really care if a top male tennis player was gay? Wouldn’t that make tennis more interesting and exciting? People say they don’t care if male athletes are gay but they obviously do and that’s one of the reasons the gay male tennis players are still in the closet. I think its time for somebody on the ATP Tour to take a stand but I doubt it will happen. It just goes to show whenever gay rights needs advancement its the lesbian community that has the courage and determination to not live in fear.

List Of WTA Lesbian Tennis Stars

1. Martina Navratilova (out of the closet confirmed lesbian)

2. Billie Jean King  (out of the closet confirmed lesbian)

3. Renee Stubbs   ( out of the closet confirmed lesbian)

4. Amelie Mauresmo (Confirmed lesbian out of the closet)

5. Conchita Martinez ( Not out of the closet but Conchita is a lesbian)

6.  Nicole Pratt  (Ditto not out of the closet but Nicole is a lesbian)

7. Samantha Stosur (Ditto not out but Sam is a lesbian)

8.  Gigi Fernandez  (Former girlfriend of Conchita Martinez they used to date in the mid 1990s)

9.  Mary Carillo   (Once married to a man but numerous rumours is Carillo is bisexual or lesbian)

10. Virginia Wade ( Not out of the closet but Virginia Wade is rumoured to be a lesbian)

11. Maria Bueno ( Rumour has it Bueno used to date American tennis champion Darlene Hard)

12. Darlene Hard  ( Rumoured to be in a lesbian relationship with Maria Bueno)

13. Lisa Raymond ( Lisa is out of the closet she is the former girlfriend and lesbian lover of Renee Stubbs)

14. Hana Mandlikova ( Hana is not out of the closet but she is a lesbian)

15. Jana Novotna ( Jana not out of the closet she is also gay)

16. Gabriela Sabatini ( Gabriela is not out of the closet she is also a lesbian)

Link:  http://www.metroweekly.com/feature/?ak=4404

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45 responses to “Why are lesbian tennis players out of the closet but the Gay and Bisexual male tennis players are still hiding?”

  1. George J. Mitchell says :

    But they still refuse to admit their steroid treatments.

    Both men an women dopers lie and cheat with steroids & EPO.

    LIVE WRONG! Swoosh.

  2. naja says :

    I saw Nicolas Mahut and Lollda in Gay bar, They both walked out from the gay bar in Bangkok. They won semi final in Thailand open. and the day later They lost in Final.
    Surely,because they both hang out the night before final

    Well If they are not gay, How came they went to the famous gay bar in BKK

  3. scar2 says :

    thanks for the info Naja. like gasquet, they’re both french players. Must be something in the water. hope it’s true.

  4. Maria says :

    Hey, the truth is even back in the 80s the US commentators were very frank and open about mentioning Martina Navratilova’s girlfriends and showing them on camera. Remember the girl who left her husband and kids for Martina. They were together for years before the woman woke up screaming “What the hell have I done!”

  5. orvillelloyddouglas says :

    Maria are you talking about Judy Nelson? I remember Martina had a long term partner for eight years? I think Judy and Martina broke up in the early 1990s?

  6. Jay Ekelman says :

    As for Renee Stubbs, I think she ought to run for some sort of political office.
    Actually all the Aussie girls rule!
    I’ve never been to Australia nor plan on ever visiting, but what great tennis players they have had over the years.

    kudos to Australia for being so tennis crazy.
    We here in the states like to watch 367 lb linemen squash quarterbacks every weekend.
    Now that’s crazy.

    Jay

  7. poison says :

    Hahaha yeah. Everyone says they’re fine with sexuality but push comes to shove the girls will simply turn away. It’s as if they have a secret fantasy that since the male athletes are hetero they’re available and still have a chance [which they dont anyway...].

    Another thing is endorsements. I’m sure you’re all aware that highly ranked tennis athletes receive their bulk earnings off the court from endorsements. Sharapova earned 2 mil on court this year but got 19 mil off court. Where did you get your info that Mauresmo didn’t lose endorsements.

    And scrutiny. There are definitely people out there against homosexuality. I myself have been subject to it but it doesnt bother me. But if you’re a tennis star, continuously in the spotlight then many a ‘Monica Celes incident’ might occur.

  8. lee says :

    perhaps we are overlooking the main reason why there has yet to be an ATP male player to publicly state that he is gay: The tournament director, et al. As for the female players, Martina set precedence in her coming out as bisexual-they had always claim bisexuality first (Billy Jean King) in those days, without too much damage, so many of the other players and higher ups figured it was ok. Also, tennis used to be seen as a “sissy” upper-class, European sport for men, because of the ballet-like movements involved. As we now know, even boxers and football players take ballet lessons. Ironically, later the view of women in sports (tennis) began to change in accordance with the ERA, so usually they were viewed as “men-hating lesbians”. I think that once the first man states his being gay occurs, we will see several more to follow. BTW, I was devestated when I heard that Pete Sampras is straight!….lol

  9. 22rants says :

    Billie Jean and Martina did not “come out”, as you say, on their own terms. They were both outed. Billie Jean was outed by a jealous hairdresser, and Martina was outed by a journalist. They did not come out. They were outed. Big difference. Bill Tilden, on the other hand was open with his sexuality. He was ostracised not because of that, but because of his romantic conquests with underage boys. But I will give you one thing. Tilden showed beauty and grace to his sport the way Greg Louganis did to diving.

  10. StrateBlackDude says :

    “We here in the states like to watch 367 lb linemen squash quarterbacks every weekend.
    Now that’s crazy.

    Jay”

    no, that’s so gay …. ;)

    You gave the answer yourself: It’s a big no no to be gay in sports, so nobody does it. Unless a big champion comes out, that’s not gonna change.

    What is kinda pathetic, is that gays are gossiping about all sorts of hot straight tennis guys being gay, only because they’re hot for the straight dudes. You never hear rumours about Andy Murray being gay or Kafelnikov. Why? Because they’re ugly.
    Lesbians are more acceptable in tennis because hetero’s deem them as masculine/ugly anyway, so it’s okay if all the ugly girls are gay.
    I think Fernando Verdasco is gay, and his boyfriend comes to his matches too.

  11. Artem says :

    Because it’s their fucking business and if you want to have a wank over them that’s fine but let them decide what they do with their lives same way as you have yours.

  12. loveverdasco says :

    Hey,

    I completely agree with you on this. I’m on a DivI Competitive Swimming Team in the Deep Southern States of America and I don’t find any problem with this whatsoever.
    Guys on my team are accepting and thinking they would reject me as their own is absolutely absurd…I can’t believe I used to think that it would be an issue.

    Regardless, tennis is about tennis. What you do off court doesn’t affect what happens on court. If you love yourself and the sport it should not be an issue at all.
    Men respect men on court regardless of what happens off court so they shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

    ALSO, on a side note, is Fernando Verdasco actually gay? I know you can’t verify it or say who your sources are, but are they reliable?
    I guess we can never know for sure….i sure damn hope so!

  13. Shannon says :

    I hope one day those who are gay in pro tennis can come out. Not be outed, but rather come out themselves and NOT be ashamed! It will be a wonderful day when this happens.

  14. BluesTenant says :

    Sorry guys, I have to disagre. What you do off court DO affect your carrier; it’s stupid, but that’s the way it is. There’s a mix of silence and invisibility about homosexuality in sport; contrary to some commentators here, I’d claim, as M. Navratilova repeatedly said: “sexual preferences are NOT an issue for most tennis fans; it IS for marketing people. Should you admit being gay, you’re dead for them. They’ll admit it for a singer, not for an athlete”.Those out or been outed, have lost huge endorsemets. BJ King lost over a Mill $ after her outing; at the same time, Tracy austin, was earning lots in publicity, even if sue was not playing because of an injury.And Artem, learn not to be so hard on others. Of couse they should be granted the freedom to decide themselves if and when go public, but precisely, are they? We are just pointing out it’s not normal for them to keep hiding as the only sensible option.

  15. orvillelloyddouglas says :

    Blues Tenant I disagree, it`s the year 2009 it`s time for these gay male tennis cowards to come out of the closet! Amelie Mauresmo NEVER lost any endorsements when she came out of the closet as a lesbian ten years ago. I think it is time for the gay male tennis pros to come out. I suspect some `champions“ on the ATP Tour are either gay or bisexual.

  16. orvillelloyddouglas says :

    Also, change is only going to take place when some gay male tennis champion makes the first step. I am not saying the gay or bisexual male tennis players have to hold a press conference and come out. I am suggesting they should not hide their bisexuality or homosexuality.

  17. jettt says :

    “Why are lesbian tennis players out of the closet but the Gay and Bisexual male tennis players are still hiding?” Because it’s a much bigger deal to the het community if a guy is gay or bi than a woman. In the Male Het,Testerone ,Multimillion dollar driven world of sport that fear is amplified a thousand fold. Het men who are the biggest consumers in sports usually think women tennis players are lesbians anyway because they tend not to be that attractive. Plus het men always fantasizing about girl on girl sex so not a big deal. But a dude like federer or nadal given there status good looks sex appeal and drawing power if either one was gay or bi it would be a huge. Sponsor ship Gossip blah blah blah. It would put the Tiger woods Scandal on the back page. Coming out for men is a much BIGGER DEAL than coming out for women. Especially in sports

  18. orvillelloyddouglas says :

    Jettt I do see your point that lesbianism isn’t viewed as a threat to heterosexual masculinity than gay or bisexual male athletes. I guess I am dreaming a pipe dream then? I just wish someone would have the balls to come out? I must say though Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King yes they are lesbian champions but they did lose endrosements in the 1980s. However, in 1999 when lesbian tennis champion Amelie Mauresmo came out she did not lose any endosements in fact Amelie became even more popular. I think if a gay or bisexual male tennis player came out it would take a lot of courage. I know there has got to be some gay male tennis champions right now on the ATP Tour.

  19. John O'Neill says :

    Mark Woodeforde, former doubles specialist is gay.

  20. orvillelloyddouglas says :

    John, I remember Mark he was a part of a famous Australian doubles team. John is Mark Woodroofe out of the closet in Australia?

  21. pure acai berry supplements says :

    Regardless of what others think I think Serena is still one of the best female tennis players out there.

  22. Taz says :

    Sportspeople need to look macho. A gay woman fits with this aggressive sports culture and perpetuates it, but gay men are seen, oppositely, as effeminate, and this is not in line with the macho sports culture. So you can’t tar the ‘coming out challenge’ of gay males and females with the same brush.

  23. errol says :

    My thoughts

    Pete Sampras – Str8
    Jim Courier – Gay , Slightly Bisexual
    Todd Woodbridge – Bisexual
    Richard Gasquet – Pure Gay
    Fernando verdasco – bisexual
    rafael Nadal – Bisexual
    Carlos Moya – Bisexual
    Boris Becker – Str8
    Andre Agassi – Anyone can say anything , but this man has had GAY relations in the past. I just feel it! My GAYDAR works!
    John Mcenroe – str8
    Patrick Rafter – YUMMY , but str8 :(
    Mark Phillipoussis – HOT HOT HOT , Bisexual !

    Dont remember that pretty boy , really tall who did really well in Wimbledon one year and since then hasnt performed much . Serves like an animal ? Look at the way his hands move. GAY GAY GAY

    • orvillelloyddouglas says :

      Hi Errol I agree with you about Jim Courier I think he is either gay or bisexual. Pete Sampras is boring so I don’t care if he is gay or straight. Ditto for Agassi. I wouldn’t be surprised if Roger Federer was bisexual he seems a bit effeminate.

      I am not sure about the Spanish players though on your list. I don’t know if Nadal, Verdasco, Moya, are gay or bisexual.

  24. Dan says :

    You lost what little credibility you may have had when you reported :rumors” of players being lesbian.

    On another note, any person male or female can decide for themselves what they want others to know. Why is it that some think a gay or lesbian person has to announce their sexuality. Should that mean heterosexuals should do the same? Perhaps the players can put their personal sexual preference in their Bios. We need to know that right?

    You know, I think I’ll just judge them as tennis players.

  25. vezna says :

    Maybe no pro tennis players have been gay-or bi-and if they were, why should they have to mention the subject?

  26. budgie says :

    Watch what you say about people … Mark Woodeforde is a long time friend of mine and he is not gay, he is married to Erin and they have two daughters. Do some simple googling before you open your gossipy traps. You’re worse than an old womans sowing circle.

  27. Mark says :

    CBS just announced about Jim Couier getting married 2 weeks ago..the rumors have been rampant over the years, and some have very good substantiation.
    Roger Federer is leading a double life..he has a private lover..this is well known in the industry..he keeps a private life since he gets millons from endorsements and doesn’t want it to be an issue in his professional career…This rumor was substantiated by one of his very personal and professional friends that deals with him on a daily basis to a close friend that is a sports writer.people in the media know the gay players but don’t out them due to retaliation…A few years ago Charlie Rose had a show about Roger and whether or not he is the best tennis player in history..people were comparing him to Rod Laver..Bud Collins, who is one of the MOST prolific tennis journalists compared him to Bill Tilden..Obviously, Bud Collins knows something..it’s a shame male tennis players have to stay in the closet, but, I guess I understand why…

    • Pat says :

      So Mark are you saying Roger Federer is gay or bisexual? Is his marriage to his wife Mirka a sham or is it legit? What about his twin daughters? Conceived by IVF?

  28. Jimmy the Hoover says :

    You’re missing one clear angle from which to approach this question. What if the male and female tennis-playing population are not a representative sample?
    Being more like a man (in terms of physique and visual-spatial processing) will, ceteris paribus, be advantageous for a female player. Vice versa, being more like a woman will be disadvantageous for a female player. This is not sexism, this is biological fact: tennis is essentially a hunting-type skill at which men will be better than women in general. So if lesbianism is linked with increased masculine traits, lesbians may be more highly represented at the top of professional tennis, and vice versa for men. The same reason why there are disproportionate numbers of gay men in the fashion industry, working as translators etc: these are areas where females have a general genetic advantage.

  29. Lauren Lynch says :

    Thank you for writing this article. I think you have pointed out some significant issues within the men’s sports particularly tennis. It is odd that there is a certain amount of homophobia in the industry. He isn’t a player but a huge fan of tennis and Roger Federer’s friend- Gavin Rossdale was recently exposed for the gay relationship he was in with a fairly negative response. One of my fellow writers wrote something on the matter if you would like to take a look: http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Scandals–Federer-Fan-Gavin-Rossdale-s-Sex,-Lies,-.aspx

  30. orvillelloyddouglas says :

    Hello Lauren, I will definitely check out the Gavin Rosedale article. The negativity about Rosedale being involved with a man has to do with society’s negative attutiude towards male bisexuality. I think Rosedale is probably bisexual but society doesn’t accept this. Society is more comfortable with female bisexuality if the female star is attractive like Angelina Jolie or Lindsay Lohan.

    In relation to Roger Federer and Gavin Rosedale, I wouldn’t be surprised if Federer is bisexual he just doesn’t seem 100% straight to me. I am not suggesting Federer is gay but I don’t think he’s totally straight either.

  31. Me and Rafa says :

    Tilden wasn’t gay.
    He was a homosexual pedophile.
    There is nothing wrong with being gay
    Homosexual pedophiles are deviant.

    That being said, I think you got some issues dude. Your theory about who is gay stems from not having a suitable theory about you being gay on your own.

    Good luck in your self-search.

    • orvillelloyddouglas says :

      Actually, it is debatable if Bill Tilden was a pedophile. Yes, Tilden liked younger males but these guys were like sixteen or seventeen years of age. You also have to remember in Tilden’s lifetime homosexuality was a taboo during the McCarthy era. Tilden did not chase children he went after male teen prostitutes. So I think there is a difference. The media during Tilden’s lifetime was very homophobic and this controversy destroyed Bill’s life which is so unfortunate. Bill Tilden liked younger males I am not disputing this but to call Tilden a pedophile is wrong and extreme.

  32. Jimmy the Queer says :

    High testosterone levels indicative of heterosexual males and homosexual females = strength and and generally better performance in athletic sports like tennis ∴​ there is a much lower likely incident of male homosexuals in tennis.

    Where are are all the lesbians in ballet? exactly!

  33. TheDude says :

    I think some of you just want these guys to be gay because you think they are hot. I have known a lot of gay guys who literally want every hot guy they see to be gay so they delude themselves into thinking its true.

  34. Derek says :

    Billie Jean and Martina set precedents for women to openly be gay in tennis. Nothing close has happened with male tennis players. From a young age, males are taught by society to be manly and masculine, especially in sports. I’m sorry but if there’s an openly gay man in tennis, he will face a lot of backlash. It may be tennis but the macho sports attitude still applies and sponsorships would certainly dwindle. I think it sad and pathetic but it’s the reality; with so many americans in the Tea Party (just an example), I think the stigma of being a gay athlete will remain for some time. Lastly, why does the WTA feel that they deserve equal pay when there has never been equal play (3 out of 5 sets in grand slams)? I’m all for equality but not when there’s a double standard.

  35. Scott says :

    Men’s singles, women’s singles. If a third category known as gay singles is invented, I think you might find that gay women and men might be evenly matched. Testosterone levels should be used as a benchmark to determine who should play in this category.

  36. Scott says :

    My point in, tennis experts think Sir Ena might just barely make it to top 100 of male tennis. She more dude than most gay men, so it will be unlikely that any gay guy is in the top 100. Put it this way, if you ain’t top 50 material (or even top 20), the press isn’t really going to be interested whether you are gay or not. Here’s the test: name a lesbian tennis player who was never ranked above 50 in her career? There you go.

  37. Ant says :

    i have wondered what it must be like for a lesbian tennis player if she has a ‘crush’ on her opponent. must be harder to concentrate! imo martina navratilova definately fancied her rival chris evert. funny what brought me to think this i were watchin a match the other day and mauresmo was in the crowd, then i had this thought about whether navratilova fancied chris evert and how hard it must have been for her to play against her – and who should appear in the crowd almost immediately? martina lol spooky eh! tho maybe not surprising when the 2 women playing, kerber and bartoli (in particular), very attractive and sexy. looking at some of champions there is defo an advantage being a lesbian. i dont totally agree with gay men being unable to compete, there have been gay footballers, justin fashanu (brother of john) played at top level in english football. fascinating reading the views on this topic i must say! i, for one, would not stop rooting for andy murray to win majors if he came out as gay or bi. i am 100% hetro by the way (got to clear that up seen as most people posted on here it seems not) though im not prejudiced in any way. though i would have thought if any british male player is gay it would have been tim henman lol

  38. Jack says :

    okay, well, as a former satellite player and gay male, let me say there were quite a few of us back in the day. (90s) i knew at least 6-7 guys who were either bi or bi-friendly, meaning they would go out with us to bars in other cities and hang out. you really don’t have time for stuff like that because you’re always either on court, practicing, sleeping, traveling, or watching matches. there really isn’t that much free time. i don’t know anything specific about the top guys…most of my friends were in the 850+ ranking group. people always ask about the lockerrooms…most of the time you were alone or maybe 2-3 other guys. the only time it was ever crowded was the first two days of a 164 draw event. you gotta figure you got 10-25 matches going on at the same time. but after a couple of rounds, the locker rooms empty out. i knew two guys who were a couple but one of them had a wife back in europe. the european guys seemed more open about things in general.

  39. orvillelloyddouglas says :

    The WTA has a history of lesbianism I do think that since sports is dominated by heterosexual men lesbians have it easier because they are not seen as a threat. A gay male athlete I believe challenges the gender stereotype that gay men can’t be good athletes and masculine. I think since Bill Tiden was a champion in the 1920s and 1930s there has to be gay male tennis champions since. I think this is the fear sports fans just don’t want to believe that a male tennis champion could be homosexual. I wish a gay male tennis champion would come out. The first one to come out of course would get a lot of press but I think he could use it to his advantage.

  40. Anonymous says :

    John Isner … guy seems gay to me.

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