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8:14PM

Federer and Murray Express Their Support For Gay Players

Roger Federer and Andy Murray have added their voices to those of Nicolas Almagro, Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish in support of gay rights. Both Federer and Murray do not think a homosexual player coming out would be an issue for the ATP and believe tennis is accepting of different sexualities.

"I don't think it would be a problem," Federer said. "We're very relaxed. We don't play a team sport and see each other all the time. ... We're very open. So whatever happens, happens. I don't know if there are any. So far from what I've heard, no. But that could change, possibly because of the case in the NBA."

Murray agreed, saying ''I think everyone has gotten better at dealing with it. More and more players have come out and I think there has to be some players that are probably gay. From speaking to the other players, I don't think anyone has any issues with it. So I hope that in tennis it's an issue that is dealt with well when the situation arises.''

It is clear by Federer and Murray's comments that the possibility of a gay player has been discussed between players. Here at the OTG we think it's fantastic that tennis - once a very conservative sport - is making its environment more welcoming for people of all sexualities.

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