In an interview, as quoted by Sky, Alison Van Uytvanck commented on her coming out with her doubles partner Greta Minnen. The Belgian player said: "Our coming out was easier than it would be for men. We would like to see more people coming forward and saying 'it's OK'
People would have more confidence. There must be some gay men actively playing out there. Personally, if I were a man, it would be more difficult to come out because of the stereotypes. "I don't feel homophobia in the locker room at all.
Maybe outside. In England, it is fine, but there are some countries where you need to be careful. For sure we are not going to hold hands if we are in Egypt or somewhere. When you are in the tournament it is fine, but they don't accept it everywhere.
I hope we can be people to look up to, and role models for people to come out." Recently, Margaret Court who is known for her strong anti-homosexual views spoke out about receiving the same respect as her fellow Australian Rod Laver.
Speaking with the Age, Court said that she would not be attending 2020 Australian Open unless Tennis Australia accords her the same respect as Laver. 2020 will mark the 50th year of Court completing the career Grand Slam in 1970.
Court's opinion against homosexuality triggered a massive wave of criticism, and the Australian has not attended the first Slam of the year for the last two years (starting in 2018).