The ATP tour definitely tries to show I think in a way a negative male image. I really don't think most men are macho. What I honestly believe is that we males are fearful of other men judging us. And that's why some guys put on this tough masculine or macho image. I think when you really get to know most men we are sensitive, we have emotions, we do cry and have feelings. But people don't like that..they don't like sensitive men. Tennis has such a chance to change society because its an individual sport. I guess it would take a very strong man to come out a man that probably doesn't care what people think..but decides to be happy and live his life to the fullest.
Tennis has sod all chance to change society while it's as overlooked and underappreciated as it is now, and I'm not sure a single player coming out of the closet would do anything to improve that situation apart from generating a few pathetic tabloid headlines.
That's why I like Johnny Weir the figure skater. Johnny is openly gay and he doesn't care..he's out and gay and proud and he's an athlete. That's what we need more out and proud and open gay men out there to counterbalance this oppressive heterosexuality.... Men like Roddick and Hewitt are disgusting individuals that are immature and not very good sportsmen. I think that's why Federer does so much press because he is the perfect man. I think he's gorgeous but he also seems like a nice person. It was so surprising yet also courageous to see Roger cry when he won the Australian Open. Its so nice to see a man that's not afraid to hide his emotions to show he does care about the game and that he is emotional. Roger is just perfect in every way..to bad he;s straight...
"Oppressive heterosexuality"? Eh? OK, I come at this from the wrong perspective I know, but I really don't see tennis as a sport that shoves it in your face. As for Federer, I've said before that I hate it when he turns on the waterworks and been called a miserable SOB for my opinion, but hey, whatever temperament gets him the results on court is fine by me.