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.

In an article, he encouraged readers to use the hashtag #LGBTennis to their share own stories.

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:

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.