Both Roger Federer and Andy Murray have come out…
In support of any gay male tennis player who might wish to publicly announce their sexual preference, that is.
Perhaps feeling a bit shown-up that the NBA should be ahead of professional tennis on this issue, the world No. 2 and 3 made positive, if not entirely enthusiastic statements regarding homosexuality and the ATP tour.
“I don’t think it’s a problem to be honest. We are relaxed and don’t play team sport and mix a lot, not with the girls, but with the guys and we’re very open.”
That last part of Fed’s quote is a little ambiguous, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Andy Murray stated that he thinks there are probably some gay men on the tour, and that they would most likely be treated sympathetically should they come out.
Always the gentleman, Murray refrained from any speculation.
Women’s tennis is a whole other ball game.
Lesbians in tennis is practically an institution. Billy Jean King publicly declared her sexuality back in 1981.
Then there was Martina Navratilova, followed by a host of other high-profile athletes like Amelie Mauresmo.
Perhaps because professional sports have been generally less accepting of women athletes, women’s athletics is naturally more tolerant of diversity.
Maybe it has more to do with professional sports being a non-traditional, more alternative life choice for women.
Or maybe women are just more accepting.
Or maybe I’m just the one who is “confused”…