Former ATP Top 100 Player Brian Vahaly Comes Out as Gay

Former ATP Top 100 Player Brian Vahaly Comes Out as Gay

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Tennis - Brian Vahaly, a former Top 100 player on the ATP Tour, has come out as gay - saying he is married and has 10-month old twin boys which he and his husband had through a surrogate. Vahaly is the only former Top 100 player on the men's side in recent times to come out publicly, according to Outsports.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Vahaly commented that he came to terms with his sexuality only after retiring from the game. “It wasn't until after I left the game that I really had to come full circle with myself, understand who I am as a person, where am I going, am I happy, and I had to come to terms with my sexuality and that was not easy, especially coming from a sports background.

It was a long learning curve that I'm happy to be on the other side of now ... The new normal is exciting and it's great but it was tough to go through. I became really great at asking other people questions and being everybody's friend but being very private myself because I didn't want to ask those personal questions of myself and that was a defense mechanism I built up over a period of time out there on tour." While several women on the WTA Tour have publicly come out as gay including former World No.

1s Martina Navratilova and Amelie Mauresmo, Australians Casey Dellacqua and Rennae Stubbs, and American Lisa Raymond, no current player on the men's tour has come out as gay. Also Read - Martina Navratilova Talks About the Elusive Male Gay Player .