Alison van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen is the first openly gay couple in the history of Toreno. The Belgians, who had already been a partner in other tournaments such as Rabat or Luxembourg, have asked the public to express their support for their situation to help other players, especially men, to declare their homosexuality.
Tennis is a sport in which comparatively many female stars have confirmed that they are lesbians, among them the great Martina Navratilova, who she wrote in her autobiography, waited for her to be given American citizenship to recognize it, due to Soviet retaliation .
In the masculine circuit no player has declared himself gay in active. The Belgians, after their victory in the first round, declared, according to The Guardian, that they hope that their story will help other players to declare themselves homosexuals.
"We would like to see more people take a step forward and say" it's okay. "I think the players would have more confidence, that would be a very good thing and men would take it into account, more people would come out of the closet, the support would help to do it. easier".
"There has to be some gay male player, personally it would be more difficult for me because of the stereotypes."
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