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Alternate post: You could always become a nun. I've heard that works.
I guess you didn't catch that book "Lesbian Nuns" If Andrea is indeed trying to fight her urges toward women, an all-female enclave is hardly the place to go. Maybe she's not really trying that hard.

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I guess you didn't catch that book "Lesbian Nuns" If Andrea is indeed trying to fight her urges toward women, an all-female enclave is hardly the place to go. Maybe she's not really trying that hard.
It's like the Tammy Metzler character on the movie Election.
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At a time when the banning of the burkha in public is being debated in several countries, I can't see many girls rushing to take the veil!
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Re: The history of homosexuality in tennis

Came across an interesting tidbit in Edith Wilson's book, Love Game.

Coco Gentien is seemingly more or less "outing" Elizabeth Ryan in writing this about her:

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She as always accompanied by a friend even more masculine than she was, the Irish croquet champion, Florence Walkerlegh, who looked like a kind of enormous turkey.
Coco was a great friend of Suzanne Lenglen who witnessed a great amount of early tennis history. His aunt was the early champion Kate Gillou-Fenwick. His mother Antoinette Gillou-Gentein was also a player of note. It was well established that Antoinette was, at least in her later years, a lesbian. Coco himself was well known for being gay. A popular theory was that Papa Lenglen surrounded Suzanne with "safe" male friends who would not distract her from tennis!
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Recently spoke with someone who is doing research on Alice Marble. It reminded of Roan and her efforts to find out more about Alice.


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I want to know more about Liz Ryan’s pal, the walking turkey bird! Ha!
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Hi Craig!

I don't know if there are any gay guys on the ATP. They always get those gorgeous women( ) and are seen with them everywhere.

Wade is a lesbian? I am completely out-of-date!
There definetely were back then. Brian Vahaley came out publicly and Jan-Michael Gambill posted pictures with his boyfriend which didn't leave any doubts
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Recently spoke with someone who is doing research on Alice Marble. It reminded og Roan and her efforts to find out more about Alice.
There is a book scheduled for publication next year on Alice Marble. Is the research related to that?
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There is a book scheduled for publication next year on Alice Marble. Is the research related to that?
That' the one Wolbo!

I am quite hopeful that it will prove to be a very good biography. My impression is the book is well researched. It appears there will be a lot about how she helped Althea Gibson in 1950. The author has written a previous book about sports and is familiar with tennis. That's a big plus when so many tennis bios are written by those not familiar with the sport.

Roan really did a lot of leg work in 2004-the same year Alfra Jeffster and I interviewed Pauline Betz. I also spoke to Louise Brough over the phone about 3 times. Neither of Roan nor I believe Joe Crowley even existed. Our working theory is that Alice created him to mark herself as straight.

The whole spy story also strikes me as ludicrous. I'd be happy for Roan and I to be proven wrong about any of our theories, but until there is proof I retain my doubts.


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