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Roger Federer and Andy Murray: Gay Man in Pro Tennis Should Have No Problem

Andy Murray and Roger Federer were asked in Rome today how they would feel about an out gay player in men's tennis.

Said Federer: Federer

"I don't think it would be a problem. We're very relaxed. We don't play a team sport and see each other all the time. ... We're very open. So whatever happens, happens. I don't know if there are any (gay players). So far from what I've heard, no. But that could change, possibly because of the case in the NBA."

Said Murray:

"I would hope there are no issues on the tour. You know, there have to be some players who are probably gay but I don't think other players have any issues with it and hope tennis deals with this well. I saw the Jason Collins thing in basketball and the player and the owners were respectful and happy about his decision and so I think it is a good thing."

Last week, Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish became the first pro tennis players to sign on to the LGBT anti-homophobia group Athlete Ally.

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  1. Roger Federer must be dumb if he thinks there are no gay or bisexual male players in pro tennis. Absolutely dumb.

    Posted by: Adam | May 12, 2013 8:01:36 PM

  2. Really, none known of? Even secretly.
    I'd a guessed more LGBT in tennis than most any other major sport besides soccer. I'm betting the next one to come out is a baseball player.

    Posted by: JONES | May 12, 2013 8:23:38 PM

  3. Federer's wording is very careful here, which is totally typical of him with the press. When he says he doesn't "know if there are any" and adds "so far from what I've heard", my guess is that he hasn't yet heard it directly from any player himself and he's deliberately limiting himself to that. Surely he's heard rumors about players, but he's not going there.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | May 12, 2013 8:35:27 PM

  4. Seeing as how Jan-Michael Gambill enjoys hanging out with Elton John and gay porn stars, I'm going to say that there is at least one.

    But maybe because he's not active, they aren't counting him.

    Posted by: OddBet | May 12, 2013 8:44:10 PM

  5. The waa already one in the 1920's 1930's. It was Bill Tilden, the World No. 1 for 15 years.

    Posted by: simon | May 12, 2013 8:47:00 PM

  6. Nice statements from Roger and Andy.

    The question "would you be OK with a gay teammate/man in the locker room" is a silly question because we all know they exist. They aren't invisible. The question should be why don't they come out until the end of their careers. Challenge these guys a bit. Make them think and hopefully, it lights a spark under them to take up the cause to help gay/bi athletes feel comfortable being out.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 12, 2013 8:51:21 PM

  7. I don't think Roger's statement is offensive. I just think it's a non-statement. It's almost like he's saying, "Well I haven't seen any players have gay sex ini front of me, so thus I am unclear as to whether any of them are gay."

    Posted by: Gregoire | May 12, 2013 8:53:58 PM

  8. Correction:
    World no. 1 for 7 years.

    Posted by: simon | May 12, 2013 8:56:55 PM

  9. There are straight men in pro-tennis?

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 12, 2013 11:14:18 PM

  10. Think of it this way: if Federer or Murray said that he personally knows of several gay pro tour players, then the press and internet feeding frenzy to identify those players really would start. And I doubt Federer or Murray want to be held responsible for that.

    Posted by: Profe Sancho Panza | May 13, 2013 12:12:02 AM

  11. What was former #1 and 3 time slam champion Jim Courier? Chopped liver?

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | May 13, 2013 9:42:19 AM

  12. Come on, people. If he says that he knows gay players he will be questioned and others will be questioned, and they don't want that. It's pretty understable.
    One thing is being supportive and other very different outing people (or putting pressure on people who don't want to come out).

    Tennis is probably the sport more likely to have openly gay players. If you are good enough you don't need sponsors to survive (and i think sponsors would love an openly gay player if he is marketable).
    And there are a lot of gay fans too.
    But there are, of course, reasons to not come out, because it put and extra pressure on the player, in a sport where the difference between players is not that much (with some exceptions), so it's understable if a player don't want to come out. It's a personal decision.

    And about Jim Courier, rumours surrounded him for long long time, but he married a woman in 2010 (so if he is really gay, i doubt he will come out)

    Posted by: jjose712 | May 13, 2013 9:55:47 AM

  13. some of the French players, eg Gasquet, are suspects. but then they can be just French.

    Posted by: eric | May 13, 2013 12:48:31 PM

  14. Among active players (Courier and Gambill are retired) Gasquet and Tommy Robredo are mentioned a lot.

    There was also a rumor a couple of years ago that one of the players was looking for a craigslist hookup during the Cincinnati tournament. That's a really important tournament, so, if true, it could have been a pretty well-known player.

    Jim Courier won 4 Grand Slam tournaments, by the way.

    Posted by: IJelly | Jul 6, 2013 10:37:04 PM

  15. h

    Posted by: d | Aug 13, 2013 7:17:55 PM

  16. Myfavorite player Rafal Nadal seems like a homosexual to me. But then that is just my guess and I could be 100% wrong.

    Posted by: Jesus Amado | Dec 5, 2014 12:06:40 AM

  17. My favorite player Rafael Nadal seems like a homosexual. But then that is just my guess and I could be 100% wrong.

    Posted by: Jesus Amado | Dec 5, 2014 12:09:12 AM

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