Roger Federer Says He Hasn’t Heard Of Any Gays Currently In Men’s Tennis
by Tom Gainey | May 12th, 2013, 2:20 pm
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A hot button topic in the U.S. this month has been the gay athlete. Since NBA journeyman Jason Collins came out in a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, many sporting stars have been asked about the possibility of gays in their sport. Roger Federer today said gay players are not an issue in tennis and in fact he doesn’t know if there even are any playing on the tour at the moment.

“I don’t think problem to be honest,” Federer said today in Rome. “We are relaxed and don’t play team sport and mix a lot – not with the girls but with the guys and we’re very open. What would happen in this event.

“I don’t know if there is anyone. I haven’t heard about anyone.”


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14 Comments for Roger Federer Says He Hasn’t Heard Of Any Gays Currently In Men’s Tennis

the DA Says:

Good to hear he is open minded on this issue. Andy gave a similarly positive reply in his presser. I noticed that Nole wasn’t asked. Pity.


queen Says:

Why is it pity the Serb was not asked? Does he have anything interesting to say about it? :)


alison Says:

A bit of a none story story,as Roger says its a none issue issue,nothing much to see hear,nobody cares move on,we live in the 21st century.


PJ Says:

Alison, I wish it was the case. I couldn’t agree more that it really isn’t anyone’s business, and people shouldn’t really care. While I believe that is true in all sports, it would seem even more so in tennis since it is such an individual sport. Unfortunately, the fact that it is even being discussed and is a hot issue in the US right now shows that some people do care, and view it as a negative. How being gay impacts someone’s ability to play a particular sport is still, though, a complete mystery to me.


Anna Says:

Alison – couldn’t agree more!


Anna Says:

Can’t help but think that those people trying to make sexuality an issue on tennis sights are sad, sad people who live small lives.


Roger Federer Fan Says:

Our own Skeezer knows everything and very much involved in this topic. He recently posted a pic from a g@y website to trash Rafa.

Skeezer,
Please provide more info…


harry Says:

@skeezer:

Saw that Warriors equalized against Spurs. Congratulations :-)


BT Says:

*yawn* Non-event story.


Margot Says:

^ Agree but:
being gay a “problem”??? Which century are we living in?


nadalista Says:

Who cares? Oh sorry, Americans do…..

Anyway, Fed has more important issues to address:

http://www.thetennisspace.com/pseudofed-im-not-in-decline/

“Not Roger Federer comments “on persistent speculations that My game is in decline”:

Saluti from Rome! (Italy)

Before I say anything I would like to take a moment to say Grazie to My Italian fans for welcoming Me here. Every year they are so gracious and offer hospitality second only to My staff.

My good friends at The Tennis Space asked Me to comment on the persistent speculations that My game is in decline. And I said I would. The Tennis Space Team were so happy. I watched their celebrations for several minutes before I gestured them away, little things like this keep Me humble.

Firstly, I am never in decline apart from when I go skiing. Then the decline is quite sharp until you reach the bottom. It is not possible to ski uphill, believe Me I have tried. Great scientific minds know about the reasons why I cannot ski uphill. People like Alberto Einstein and his brother Rick Stein. I believe Rick has retired now and owns a shop selling Fish and the Chips in Cornwall in the United Kingdoms. I think it’s wonderful when you change career direction and make the diversifications. To make an analogy, this would be like Me retiring and coaching tennis players.

Thirdly, since when does winning or losing matches have anything to do with how good you are? For the examples, look how little Rafaello Nadal (tennis player, unfortunately) has achieved this year compared to Me. Mr. Garros recognizes this and rightly has seeded him number 5 in Paris. (Personally I’d have seeded him lower.)

Lastly, and let’s go back to science, where is the evidence that I am in the decline? So what if I haven’t reached a tennis final this year. The year has not finished yet, it ends in December like it did last year. Prince William also has not reached a final. In fact, he was not even in the challenger tournaments, yet one day he will be King, so he definitely is not in decline either.

Do not believe these speculations fans, you know the truth. Always be questioning of what you read in the newspapers, unless it is written by Mr. Neil Harmans of The Times, he is one journo you can trust. Seriously, if one more person asks me if I am going downhill when I am not skiing then I will tell them what I always tell people when I get upset, stai zitto! (‘Shut up’ in Italian).

Ciao!

PF xxx”


Alex Says:

“ On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: “It’s ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something”.


Anna Says:

If Rosol had been watching where he was going I’m pretty sure he could have just as equally sidestepped Nadal. It was obvious Rafa was concentrating on something other than Rosol when they bumped into EACH OTHER. Does Rosol own the court? I don’t think so. When it happened Rosol immediately took offense because he’s a measly little worm. He could have apologized like Rafa and moved on, but he needs to make a big deal of it to get his 5 minutes of fame. Oooooo, Rafa bumped me :( sob, sob!


Okiegal Says:

@Anna ^

DITTO!!!

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