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How Lendale Johnson Is Changing Tennis for Black Gay Players

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Empire, and he’s modeled. But most important to Johnson now is to be a pioneer in tennis.“I was motivated to come out by someone who had done it years before any of us thought we could, Martina Navratilova.

She reached out to me on Twitter and said it would be great for tennis and sports if you come out,” Johnson says. “I was already out as a gay person since high school, but I never talked about it publicly.”“There are well over a thousand players on tour,” Johnson says of his sport. “I can’t be the only [gay] one.

Players are choosing not to come out, and for the good of the sport — the mental wellness of the closeted players and the positive outreach it would bring to fans — that has to change.”Johnson acknowledged the difference in.

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