In recent years, the world, and many closed countries, have become more and more aware of LGBTQ rights and the issues that the community faces.
The sporting world hasn't been ignorant of the discussion, and many athletes in the recent past have found themselves comfortable enough to come out as gay or lesbian. Unlike several other sports, where homosexual athletes have received serious backlash and threats, tennis has been largely open and non-homophobic.
Tennis is arguably one of the world’s most gay-friendly sports. Many former champions are openly gay, and those include the greatest of champions.
Here is a list of five homosexual tennis players who have achieved a lot of success:
5. Casey Dellacqua
Australian ace Casey Dellacqua came out as lesbian when she revealed, in 2013, that she had had a baby with her long-term partner, Amanda Judd.
Judd is the birth mother of their son Blake, and Dellacqua went on record to say that Blake was her ‘lucky charm’.
In a 2013 interview after his birth, Dellacqua said she was "juggling being a working mom", and that she found the creches provided to players at Grand Slams “super useful.”
A doubles specialist, Dellacqua was once the third-ranked doubles player in the world. She has reached the finals of every Grand Slam in the women’s doubles, winning the 2011 French Open mixed doubles title with American Scott Lipsky.