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Roger Federer on gay male tennis players coming out publicly: “I’m all for it. It’s a good thing”


We are still waiting for a gay male tennis player to come out during his playing career.

But at least we’re talking about it.

In 2017, retired pro Brian Vahaly became the highest-ranking male pro tennis player to come ever out publicly – 10 years after his retirement from the ATP tour.

I wrote yesterday about Brian being a part of Open Playbook: Being Queer & Out in Pro Tennis which will take place the evening of Aug. 23 in New York City.

Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson plugged the event on Twitter writing in part: “Words that come to mind when I think about people who are Out: courageous, strong, progressive, fearless and leaders.”

World number 2 Roger Federer, defeated by Anderson in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, was asked about Anderson’s very public support of gay people and if the ATP tour is a safe place for a player to come out.

Fed tells Jonathan Newman of The Body Serve: “I think no problem at all. It’s true that we have not had it. Don’t know why, you know? Have we not had any, or some players have just chosen not to do it. I think it would be totally accepted, no problem. I’m all for it, it’s a good thing … it doesn’t matter where you come from, who you are. I’m all for it that you’re open about it. I think you’ll feel better in the process, to be honest, and everyone should support one another on this planet.”

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