the most telling signal of the inability of out gay men in expert tennis is that the only player donning any rainbow attire this summer time changed into a straight man who had to express regret for the use of gay slurs during the Olympics.
because the U.S. Open begins its two-week run in new york, I think compelled to rehash this depressing statistic: there’ll once once again be no brazenly homosexual male gamers at probably the most recreation’s premier routine.
“To be honest, I’m a bit of stunned that there nevertheless hasn’t been an out active ATP Tour degree participant,” stated Nick Lee, a former school tennis player at Vassar who’s openly homosexual.
“I do suppose that former skilled tennis participant Brian Vahaly popping out became a significant step in the right route,” Lee mentioned. “Many properly ranked gamers on the men’s side, including Roger Federer and Andy Murray, replied very positively to Vahaly coming out and noted that they might welcome an overtly queer man to the tour.
“I think it might be brilliant if greater former ATP players who’re queer got here out, especially a person who become a excessive-profile participant, building an even bigger guide network for an active knowledgeable guys’s tennis participant to believe comfy popping out.”