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Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Marries Long-Time-Partner: VIDEO

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Martina Navratilova married Julia Lemigova yesterday in New York City, The Huffington Post reports. The pair had been dating for eight years when earlier this year at the U.S. Open, in which Navratilova was competing in the doubles competition, Navratilova popped the question to Lemigova, a moment that was broadcast on the jumbotron to cheers from the assembled spectators. 

Navratilova and Lemigova spoke to the BBC shortly after saying "I do." Navratilova for her part commented that the experience of being able to marry the woman she loves "is just really odd."

“I’m 58 years old – I got married for the first time! It’s about time. Growing up as a gay woman you just don’t ever think about that. And then about ten years ago I thought ‘You know, I think within 10 years gay marriage will be legal – and here we are 10 years [later], making it legal.”

Navratilova made waves when she came out as bisexual in 1981 at the top of her game, so to speak. Despite the fact that over thirty years has passed since that time and LGBT civil rights have progressed leaps and bounds, no male tennis star has yet to come out, a fact that Navratilova also finds odd: “They’re so far in the closet I don’t even know who they are. It’s funny, sport has been at the forefront of so many civil rights issues, but it’s been not great on the gay rights issue.”

Navratilova won a total of 59 grand slams in her professional career and holds the record for the longest winning streak (74 matches) and is tied for most Wimbledon titles won (20) with none other than out activist and tennis legend in her own right Billie Jean King.

You can watch Navratilova's marriage proposal from earlier this year, AFTER THE JUMP...

And you can watch the happy couple talk to the BBC after their nuptials HERE.

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Tennis Legend Martina Navratilova Shares Her Coming Out Story With HSBC NOW: VIDEO

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Tennis legend and LGBT rights activist Martina Navratilova dropped into HSBC’s London offices during WorldPride week to talk about her coming out experience.

Navratilova, who won Wimbledon a record nine times, also talked about why diversity is important for business.

During the visit, which was triggered after Navratilova saw HSBC NOW's video with HSBC UK CEO Antonio Simoeson on being an out leader, she says:

“The people that don’t hide anything about who they are will be much happier. It will be a much happier workplace, better performance, and better bottom line at the end.”

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Novak Djokovic Has a Moment with a Ball Boy at the French Open: VIDEO

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There was a rain delay at the French Open. Novak Djokovic took the opportunity to be a gentleman and show the ball kid some respect.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

FLASHBACK: Boy asks Djokovic to marry him at U.S. Open practice.

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Notre Dame Releases Powerful Video Featuring Gay Tennis Player Matt Dooley and Teammates: VIDEO

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Notre Dame University has released a powerful and inspiring video profiling Matt Dooley, a tennis player who came out of the closet to his coaches and teammates several weeks ago.

In the clip (which is accompanied by an article), Dooley speaks about the struggles he faced being in the closet and also some emotional interviews with his teammate Greg Andrews and head coach about what it means to them to share the experience of his coming out.

Says Dooley: "I started to realize obviously that a lot of it was a problem with me. That I wasn't allowing myself to be successful, and to accept myself, and accept the trust and love of my parents."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

(via outsports)

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Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov Have an Ice Bath Together After the Australian Open: PHOTOS

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After winning their matches at the Australian Open yesterday, world #23 Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (who once enjoyed an on-court strip show with Djokovic) and world #4 Andy Murray made a splash on Twitter when they cozied up in an ice bath together. The 'real-feel' temperatures have been well above 105 degrees on the Melbourne courts.

Tweeted Dimitrov: "@andy_murray! You think he is smiling from joy in the ice bath?"

One more solo shot of Dimitrov, via Facebook, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Virginia High School Tennis Champ Mikey Drougas Comes Out as Gay, Via Twitter

Mikey Drougas, a senior at Salem High School in western Virginia and the Virginia AA state high school tennis champion (achieved as a junior), came out last week via an inspiring note on Twitter on November 13. (image via roanoke.com)

DrougasHe hasn't had a single negative response, he tells Outsports.

Here's Drougas' note, which he posted in the form of a jpg file, in full (transcript via outsports):

I guess I don't really know how to start this note. Not really even sure why I am writing it to you all. Whatever the motivation, I'm so blessed to say what I am about to on my own terms.

Not fitting stereotypes is nice sometimes. I have been able to avoid a lot of ignorant bullshit growing up. I'm very lucky in that respect. Maybe I feel an obligation to speak up and not stay in the shadows anymore or maybe it's because I am starting to feel comfortable in my own skin. Never in my life have I ever felt truly open or free, through this note I see liberation at the end of the tunnel. That's dope. I wouldn't be the person I am now without the angels who heard my story two years ago and accepted me for who I am. You are always with me as a friendly reminder that it does indeed get better even when darkness is all I see.

CONTINUED, AFTER THE JUMP...

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