LONDON -- Tennis great Martina Navratilova says gay men still feel oppressed on court – and many are still in the closet.
The 56-year-old, who has been championing gay rights since she came out in 1981, said she knew that there were professional male tennis players who were homosexual – but none would go public.
She claimed they had a tougher time in the sports world than those working in entertainment, where many have spoken of their sexuality.
Speaking with sports broadcaster Clare Balding at the launch of London Pride at St James Theatre, Victoria, she said that there were far more openly gay women in sport than men.
She said: ‘In the entertainment guys have an easier time coming out than women. In the sports world we have had a lot more women coming out than men.
‘In the US we only have Jason Collins who has come out, the basketball star. So, I don’t know.’
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