Tuesday, November 26, 2013

TENNIS TUESDAY: Casey Dellacqua Comes Out, World Shrugs

Australian doubles specialist Casey Dellacqua came out of the closet when her partner Amanda delivered her son Blake last summer. Dellacqua teamed up with fellow Aussie Ashleigh Barty to reach the finals of three of the four Grand Slam tournaments (Australian, Wimbledon and US Open) in 2013 but there was almost no media reaction to the fact that this elite sports figure is openly gay.

Dellacqua is quoted about the (lack of) press reaction by Sports Illustrated:
“It’s not news for the majority of people in our lives,” Dellacqua told Fairfax Media. “We’ve got a lot of great family and friends, a lot of lovely people around us. It hasn’t been too much of an issue to be honest with you, I haven’t had too much reaction or interest. I’m not sure what to say because I haven’t been asked until now. I’ve done a couple of interviews and it hasn’t been much of a big issue.” Nor should it, Dellacqua believes. “I feel so. I don’t feel like I’m any different,” she said.
“No, it’s not like it’s been a big secret or anything,” she said. “I’ve just gone about my life and am very proud of my family. Someone had asked me why I hadn’t played and that was the reason. There wasn’t much more too it, it is the way it is. Like everyone else’s relationships, it’s not too much of a big deal, to be honest.”
Hopefully, Casey will serve as a role model for other players on the WTA tour to feel comfortable enough to come out proudly about their sexual orientation. I'm talking to YOU, Samantha Stosur!

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