In addition to having achieved many successes on the tennis court, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have also had the merit of becoming the perfect ambassadors of tennis around the world. The Big Four have repeatedly expressed all their support for minorities, condemning all forms of discrimination and abuse.
In a column written for The Metro, Lendale Johnson talked about the various issues faced by members of the LGBTQ community. Johnson also revealed the various troubles faced by athletes who come out to their peers and to the world.
Johnson on the support of Federer, Djokovic and Murray
"Opening a dialogue during interviews and press conferences is a pivotal step in changing the stigma," Lendale Johnson said. "I applaud Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray who have previously stepped up as allies and done just that.
I don't think it would be a problem. 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 (gay players). So far from what I've heard, no.
But that could change (if players had the courage to speak up)." Andy Murray has also in the past encouraged having players of all s****l orientations on the tour. "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," the Brit had said. In 2013, Roger Federer had expressed his support for all players irrespective of their s****l orientation.
On being asked what would his reaction be if a player comes out in the open as gay, Roger Federer said that according to him, it wouldn't and shouldn't be a problem. The Swiss maestro further said that they are very open and added that they don't play a team sport and see each other all the time so whatever happens, happens.
He reckoned that he doesn't know if there are any gay players. Two of the most famous icons in the history of women's tennis - Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova - both came out as openly gay players a few decades ago. The top players keep showing their support.