Lendale Johnson: The Ball’s In His Court

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Meet America’s First Gay Black Tennis Pro, Lendale Johnson, & His Experience As An Out Tennis PlayerBy: Shane Gallagher/Special to TRT—While there have been several out and proud stars in women’s tennis, including Reneé Stubbs, Sam Stosur, and Grand Slam champions Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King, the only male player in professional tennis to come out publicly was Brian Vahaly.

He spoke about his sexuality for the first time in 2017, a decade after retiring from the game.Lendale Johnson is changing that.

As part of the ITF Pro Circuit, he is the first and only active professional tennis athlete to announce he is gay. He blames it on homophobia that he believes still exists in the sport and is calling for top male athletes to do.

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