In a Belgian TV press interview, WTA pro Alison Van Uytvanck has "come out" of the proverbial closet as a lesbian.
"I don’t find it’s a taboo, [this relationship] makes me happy," Van Uytvanck reportedly said of her relationship with fellow Belgian player Greet Minnen, as translated and shared with Outsports. "Soon we are going to live together. We do feel super-happy together, and that’s what we will show to the world."
She continued: "Nobody has to justify why they are lesbian or gay. It is not a disease. We are very open about our relationship, and my parents are proud about it. That’s important because the support made us feel good."
Van Uytvanck's quite-public disclosure won't be news, per se, to her fans and other followers, with whom the 23-year-old has been crystal-clear about her affection for 20-year-old Minnen for a number of months. The flipside of that is true as well, with Minnen sharing a number of images of the two enjoying each other's company.
Among the WTA's Top 100 singles players, some others who identify as gay have made news related to that in recent months. Swedish pro Johanna Larsson came out publicly in October 2017 ahead of her first-ever showing in the WTA Finals event, that in doubles. Last week, Aussie doubles specialist Casey Dellacqua won a designation as LGBTI Sports Personality of the Year in the land Down Under.
Van Uytvanck won her second career WTA title in February, besting the field at the Budapest event and defeating No. 1 seed Dominika Cibulkova in three sets for the title.
Follow Jon on Twitter @jonscott9.