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Old 06-22-2012, 07:13 AM   #1
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Default What would happen if a gay player comes out of the closet?

I really wonder if it would be such a big deal anymore. I always had the feeling the Mauresmo became much more popular in France after the came out.
It's obvious that you can't compare that since there were numerous lesbian players before. But these days the public is used to gay actors, singers, politicians etc.
So why not a gay sportsmen?

I think it could be a good chance in terms of public attention for any tennis player. It sure would hit the headlines. And I guess in a positive way.
At least in the Western European countries.

What about fans?
What about other players? coaches? ATP?
Would it be difficult to play in some countries as an openly gay player?
Do expect any player to come out anytime soon?

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Old 06-22-2012, 07:16 AM   #2
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Would it be difficult to play in some countries as an openly gay player?
Actually the former German Vize chancellor and current foreign minister is openly gay and had to travel in many countries like Iran etc.
Never heard that it was a problem for him or that he got verbally attacked.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:53 AM   #3
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Actually the former German Vize chancellor and current foreign minister is openly gay and had to travel in many countries like Iran etc.
Never heard that it was a problem for him or that he got verbally attacked.
Those people don't usually perform in front of rowdy partisan crowd and I'd wager they'd have a government security detail.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:57 AM   #4
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Default Re: What would happen if a gay player comes out of the closet?

But tennis is not soccer
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Default Re: What would happen if a gay player comes out of the closet?

And no. Apparently nobody wants to be first, no one wants to be poster child or take the abuse from the stands etc. In many countries it would be the sort of treatment Serena got in India Wells or worse. I just don't see anyone being that brave.
Even though there are more lesbian athletes out and proud, I don't think Mauresmo came out until after she retired(is that correct?) Without any male role models, like Navratilova was for the women's side, it seems that much more unlikely.

I wish there would be, but I just don't see it happening.
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:02 AM   #6
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But tennis is not soccer
In Davis cup it might as well be.
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Default Re: What would happen if a gay player comes out of the closet?

I personally wouldn't give a shit, but I expect there are still a lot of people living in the dark ages.
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Topspindoctor would call him an attention seeking mod who should go back to the Mardi Gras.

I kid, he would just call him a mug.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:16 AM   #9
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... I don't think Mauresmo came out until after she retired(is that correct?) Without any male role models, like Navratilova was for the women's side, it seems that much more unlikely.

I wish there would be, but I just don't see it happening.
No, she was openly gay from the very beginning. I think shortly after her first Australian Open final 1999.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:19 AM   #10
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Default Re: What would happen if a gay player comes out of the closet?

You sure need a strong backbone

As the first player you don't really know what happens. It's a tough decision.

But again: I think it's also a huge chance for a player to get a lot of public interest.
Could be a good PR-step If you gain popularity you might fight new sponsors and advertising deals
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Old 06-22-2012, 10:24 AM   #11
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Default Re: What would happen if a gay player comes out of the closet?

All hell will break loose. So will Nadal

Really though, there would just be quite alot of media coverage for a few months, with mostly positive reactions, and will be seen as a definite step in the right direction for World Sport. The sooner the first person reveals it, the sooner we can find out a sportsman is gay without making a big deal out of it
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Whoever it is, I hope they're not shit. I'm trying to think of who but Fed, Rafa and Djok all have women, does Murray? Gasquet? Ferrer does. Berdych did, and probably does again. Tsonga would have too.
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Default Re: What would happen if a gay player comes out of the closet?

It would be a better situation than in any other sport. I think the players themselves bar maybe one or two would be totally OK with it-----at least publicly. Fans in anti-gay countries, different story.

Tennis is lucky to be an affluent, mostly upper-middle class/upper-class sport. It's why it's the most gay sport in the world.
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Tennis is already appealing to the gay people so much, it's widely seen as a gay sport because of its "fans" already.
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Tennis is lucky to be an affluent, mostly upper-middle class/upper-class sport

thats why its seen as a sissy non-sport to so many
compared to "real" sports like basketball

the upper class- sissy boy- no real men tag will always be there untill the mens game gets its own williams sisters
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