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Old May 24th, 2014, 12:24 AM   #31
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In light of soon-to-be NFL player Michael Sam's coming out, I have thought about journalists, tennis and sexual orientation. As a journalist who is very familiar with many pro players, have you learned of any gay players who are comfortable with their orientation but simply unwilling to broadcast it? Why do you think that a male tennis player, playing in front of quite accepting fans, has never come out while now a leading college football player has?
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• I've written about this in the past, and I agree that it's surprising that there are no "out" players on the ATP Tour. In a lot of ways, tennis is singularly well suited to accommodating a gay player. In an individual sport, the player need not worry about stodgy general managers uneasy about drafting him; coaches making subjective decisions about playing him; teammates declining to pass him the ball; or these nebulous "distraction in the locker room" issues, such as they are. (See last week's rant.) In an individual, democratic sport, the players need only win matches to succeed.

Culturally, tennis is -- and has long been -- far more socially progressive than it's given credit for being. On the WTA Tour, players have been openly gay for decades.** On the ATP Tour, playing a global sport and meeting all sorts of people almost necessarily breeds tolerance. One example among many: Note how many male tennis players have supported Athlete Ally to take a stand against homophobia. What's more, an openly gay player would be instantly popular among a large sector of fans.

Why isn't there an openly gay player in, say, the top 250? Who knows. Obviously, this is personal decision that has all sorts of consequences. Martina Navratilova, rightly, suggests that it's not as easy as the sideline advocates make it out to be.

I know of multiple cases in which players are, themselves, comfortable coming out, but don't want to burden their family. I spoke about this issue once with a former pro who asserted that players are creatures of habit. Coming out could be a huge disruption. In a sport without guaranteed contracts, the prospect of the unknown and the prospect of complications are truly daunting.

As a strict matter of statistics, there are almost undoubtedly gay players who are full-time ATP pros. Given the rapidly changing views, I think it's a matter of time before a player comes out. And, after that, a matter of time before it's a non-story. That's the hope, anyway.

** You know who doesn't get nearly enough credit here? Amelie Mauresmo. She was 19 -- 19! -- when she had the self-possession and self-confidence to hold a mini news conference during the first week of the 1999 Australia Open and not only come out but also tell journalists that they should feel free to write about her girlfriend.

First, she went on the reach the final in Melbourne, thwarting the argument that this would adversely affect her career. Then, it was business as usual. With the exception of a few ill-considered remarks, there was no backlash. Mauresmo lost no sponsors. Her relationship with fans and the media and sport's gatekeepers went beyond tolerance; she was widely liked and well regarded. She went on to win two Grand Slam titles. Precisely because her attitude -- much like Michael Sam's -- was, "It's just a part of who I am and it's not a big deal; can we get back to sports now?" we tend to forget her role. I would argue, though, that Mauresmo's blithe confidence -- and the absence of fallout -- was terrifically significant.



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Old May 25th, 2014, 10:33 PM   #32
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Roland-Garros 2014: l'analyse d'Amélie Mauresmo:
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Rowing boss Rolland and tennis star Mauresmo among 200 figures involved in Paris 2024 feasibility study



Monday, 26 May 2014


A feasibility study featuring 12 Working Groups compiled of 200 figures from across French society has been unveiled today to consider whether a proposed Paris bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games should go ahead.

The Groups, unveiled by the French Committee of International Sport (CFSI) President Bernard Lapasset, will study all aspects of the potential bid over the next four months before submitting a decision to political leaders later this year.

In particular, there will be a focus on meeting the needs of France, and on how to best encourage International Olympic Committee (IOC) members to vote for Paris.

The members consist of figures from a wide variety of backgrounds, including former athletes, Federation Presidents, and representatives of industry, business and civil society, with Sports Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem one notable participant.

Also included are three prominent sporting females, consisting of the three-time Olympic champion sprinter Marie-Jose Perec, the two-time Grand Slam winning tennis player Amelie Mauresmo and the double gold medal-winning fencer Laura Flessel.




Former tennis player Amelie Mauresmo is among those being consulted



Martin Fourcade, who won two biathlon gold medals for France at Sochi 2014, and the four-time European table tennis champion Jean-Philippe Gatien are among the male participants, along with Athens 1997 world 400m hurdles champion Stéphane Diagana.

Also included are several sporting administrators such as the President-elect of the International Rowing Federation, Jean-Christophe Rolland and the race director of the Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme.

Slalom canoeist turned IOC member Tony Estanguet is also included as an effort is made to discover the opinion of IOC members first hand.

"We do not want to rush to announce the nomination, we must first organise a strategy," announced Bernard Lapasset, who is also President of the International Rugby Board.

"The first step, therefore, is reflection.

"The Working Groups will meet three times between June 16 and September 14, with the first two occasions taking place before July 14.

"Their proposals will be reviewed in September, for a final decision of the study expected at the end of the year."

Although Lapasset insisted "the athletes are at the heart of the process", the final decision, expected in the summer of 2015, will be made by political leaders.

But there will also be a public consultation conducted in parallel to the feasibility study, via a dedicated website which will open on June 16 with the aim of gaining ideas and innovations from the general public.



Given the fact the 2024 contest is likely to consist of a powerful United States bid, strengthened by the signing of a contract between the IOC and broadcaster NBC Universal, there is a realisation that there is no room for error if a successful bid is to be launched.

Paris last hosted the Olympic Games in 1924, and has failed with bids to host the 1992, 2008 and, most recently, 2012 editions, where they finished runners-up to London despite being favourites for much of the preceding contest.

The French city of Annecy also lodged an unsuccessful bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics, in which the city finished third with just seven votes behind winners Pyeongchang, which won 63 votes, and Munich.

While a recent poll of French companies found 83 per cent were in favour of Paris 2024, other polls have been less positive, and assessing public reaction is another key aim of the feasibility study.

The withdrawal of Kraków from the 2022 Olympic race following a failed referendum in the Polish city yesterday, along with the problems faced by Oslo in their bid, is a further indication of the economic pitfalls facing all European bids.

The race for the 2024 Games has already been marked by a number of contenders withdrawing due to economic and logistical concerns, including Mexico City, St Petersburg, Kazan and Toronto.

Among those still considering bids are up to six cities across the United States, along with Rome, Berlin and Hamburg.




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EP01 #LE GOUT DE LA VICTOIRE
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EP02 #SERENA LA MEILLEURE
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EP03 #PARIS PERDU-PARI GAGNE
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EP04 #RAFAEL NADAL
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EP05 #LE DECLENCHEUR
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Rumors swirling around:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/27629664

That would be a good move on Andy's part
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http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/tennis/27629664

That would be a good move on Andy's part
Well we will wait and see.
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I don't like Murray

So it's been confirmed?

nvm: just saw thread on menstennisforums.

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Good for Andy I'm so excited about this!!! I just hope it works out well. If he has a bad few weeks Amelie will get all the blame, but I think they'll work well together. Fingers crossed
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oh well screw those no backhand players :Tsonga and Monfils and you wonder what they might be thinking now


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Good for Andy I'm so excited about this!!! I just hope it works out well. If he has a bad few weeks Amelie will get all the blame, but I think they'll work well together. Fingers crossed
Really pleased about this. I am a little worried that she can't really win - he won Wimby last year, so even if he does so again there'll be those who try to deny her any credit. But then again, if she's not worried I suppose we shouldn't be.

And I can't wait for Wimby now - she'll probably get more airtime than she did in 2006!
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Really pleased about this. I am a little worried that she can't really win - he won Wimby last year, so even if he does so again there'll be those who try to deny her any credit. But then again, if she's not worried I suppose we shouldn't be.

And I can't wait for Wimby now - she'll probably get more airtime than she did in 2006!
She's already had more coverage in the press than she ever got playing! Some of the comments on MTF and twitter are depressingly predictable. I never really expect much from the masses but it's still sad. Hopefully it will turn out to be a good partnership and they can give the finger to all the detractors. And at least Amelie will be on tv a lot over the next few weeks
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Murray lost, and we all know Amelie will get the blame because she is a woman

Btw, I didn't watch tennis when Amelie was in her prime, but where did she get the nickname Bagelie? Did she really get bageled that often?
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