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04/19/2007


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.


Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish Speak Out Against Homophobia in Sports

Tennis pros Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish have signed on with Athlete Ally to fight homophobia in sports.

2_roddickRoddick released a statement signing on his support to the organization:

"Yesterday was an incredible day for athletes everywhere. Jason Collins' courage and leadership in coming out reminds me of how important it is for an athlete to be able to be true to him or herself.  As an Athlete Ally, I want to support every athlete to feel comfortable and confident being themselves and to make sure that all people - players and fans alike - are  welcome and included in tennis."

Fish released a statement as well:

"Everybody deserves a shot at playing sports. It shouldn't matter in the least if that person is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Building community through healthy and inclusive activities should be one of the main focuses behind athletics, and that isn't possible if you exclude LGBT individuals, especially our youth."


Novak Djokovic Strips Down for an On-Court Massage: VIDEO

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From a recent exhibition match, in which Novak Djokovic demonstrated the exhibitionist he is.

Being a beautiful Brazilian ball girl does have its benefits.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Andy Roddick Says Good-bye to Tennis: VIDEO

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Andy Roddick fought back tears yesterday as he retired from tennis following a loss to Juan Martin del Potro in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

Watch his speech to the crowd, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you're anxious to view a retrospective of Roddick's (physical) hotness, you can do so here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

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Boy Asks Novak Djokovic to Marry Him at U.S. Open Practice: VIDEO

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When a boy in the stands shouted "Djokovic, will you marry me?" to the tennis champ at a U.S. Open practice session this week, Nole invited the kid out for a few serves, and a hug.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Fire Tennis, Anyone? - VIDEO

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Tennis, the jackass way, courtesy of the Slo-Mo guys, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related 'on-fire' tennis news, Andy Murray vindicated his Wimbledon loss by winning Gold at the Olympics over the weekend.

(via the daily what)

Previously...
The Juiciest Video You'll See All Day? [tlrd]

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