Happy #NationalComingOutDay to all of our members, our families, and local supporters who’ve welcomed us as we are, unapologetically and without prejudice. We are #LGBTennis— Capital Tennis (@CapitalTennisDC) October 11, 2018
Thursday was National Coming Out Day, and in celebration of the LGBTQ community, journalist Nick McCarvel shared his experience of how tennis has helped him embrace his sexuality.
Thursday is #NationalComingOutDay ???? and I’m encouraging all of you that work in tennis - as well as those who play, watch and love the sport too - to share your story (whatever that may be!) using #LGBTennis— Nick McCarvel (@NickMcCarvel) October 10, 2018
Let’s continue to show how open, welcoming and loving ???? is! #NCOD pic.twitter.com/UsLyYb15HL
The goal is to celebrate “the other side of tennis, those of us that work in it, those of us who play tennis, the people who love the sport as fans so much.”
Tennis enthusiasts across the world took part:
I wrote this in 2016, then six years into my @Tennis writing. Now on the eve of playing in another GLTA tournament, it’s one of the stories I’m most proud of penning. #LGBTennis #NationalComingOutDay https://t.co/hYiP2Y04JK— Jonathan Scott (@jonscott9) October 12, 2018
For those of us who are more confident behind the baseline, thank you for serving and volleying Nick. Your leadership and passion are exceptional. I'm excited to witness (and cheer on) the opportunities, new and continued, that come your way. ????#LGBTennis https://t.co/7hEDi9P3E3— Matt Fitzgerald (@tennisfitz) October 11, 2018
I met my boyfriend at tennis and even though he wins every time we play it’s worth it. Yesterday I finally won a set after 10 months ???? We need more representation in pro sports but tennis is paving the way. #LGBTennis #NationalComingOutDay— Jordan Holt (@JordanHolt23) October 11, 2018
Thank you, @NickMcCarvel, for your leadership and bravery on this #NaitonalComingOutDay.— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) October 11, 2018
Being part of the awesome #LGBTennis community with you has been wonderful. We’re wonderful. And we’re everywhere.
There are a number of past and present players that have come out and done their part to support the LGBT community including the likes of Brian Vahaly, Martina Navratilova, Amelie Mauresmo and Casey Dellacqua, to name a few.