Tennis Forum banner

461 - 463 of 463 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,943 Posts
Aside from considerations about endorsements and media perceptions, there's a cultural issue ingrained in the governance structure as well. The ATP has tolerated homophobic views and has done little to create a safe environment for players to come out.

Not too long ago, Justin Gimelstob was the President of the ATP Player Council. He is a known homophobe, misogynist and vile, violent human being. He was charged for violently attacking a man in April 2019, indirectly causing that man's wife's miscarriage. He has a documented history of homophobic behaviour and said this in 2008:
The locker room couldn’t be a more homophobic place,” he says. “We’re not gay-bashing. There’s just a lot of positive normal hetero talk about pretty girls and working out and drinking beer. That’s why people want to be pro athletes!”
Source: Former tennis pro Justin Gimelstob says locker room no place for gays…
And in 2017:
Gimelstob also accused of making homophobic remarks to an opponent at a paddle tennis tournament in LA a year ago.
Source: Justin Gimelstob 'absolutely denies' allegations of violence and homophobia

Despite all that he was supported by players like Djokovic, Isner (defender of Sandgren in that homophobic tweet incident while purportedly a supporter of the LGBTQ community, who had Gimelstob as an adviser and is also on the Player Council) and Stahkovsky (another homophobe who was on the Player Council but resigned in June 2019) while others remained silent/evasive (Anderson, Federer, Nadal). The only active players who spoke out were Andy Murray and Wawrinka.

If you have a homophobe in a senior position who seems to have his finger in every tennis pie with others on the Council holding homophobic views, and others who stood by this person or remained silent, and yet others who hold no formal positions but are homophobic (Tipsarevic, Janowicz - not sure if they did in the past), it's no wonder players don't feel safe coming out.

Listen to the Body Serve Podcast who do a wonderful job of discussing the issue.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,036 Posts
You guys need to remember that in Europe there are lots of gay man married to a woman to hide the homosexual orientation. It's pretty common in Eastern Europe but as well in so called easy going and open minded places like Spain. I travelled to Asturias / Santander last summer and was very surprised how many Spanish gays are married to woman or simply not out. In Barcelona every summer we have married sugar daddies plague on Grinder looking for boys. Mostly from Germany and Switzerland
 
461 - 463 of 463 Posts
Top