Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Gay men on the ATP tour
Yeeessss..... it COULD be the male ego, or some other fashionable piece of psychoanalysis, or it could be that a) there aren't any gay players at the highest, most visible ranks of the game, or b) they don't think it's worth the hassle. Not fear of discrimination or loss of popularity, just an extra piece of baggage - you know, "What message do you have for your gay fans in Australia?", a question that I believe was asked of a rather dumbstruck Mauresmo at the AO this year.
I don't see heterosexuality being thrown at me when I watch tennis coverage, either. If MTF were truly representative of tennis then one would certainly have sexuality of all kinds being thrown around, but thankfully it is not. I doubt they are trying to oppress you, simply attempting to provide human interest pieces. Who can forget Pavel's drive from RG to Germany to be present at the birth of his child, effectively guaranteeing his QF defeat to Corretja the next day? I don't think anyone would begrudge hearing stories like that, even if most of the fluff we hear is somewhat extraneous and irrelevant to the game itself.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.