2022 French Open finalist Cori Gauff says she is "super happy" for Daria Kasatkina and wishes her all the best following the Russian's decision to come out as gay. Last month, top-ranked Russian female tennis player Kasatkina came out as gay.
“I am super happy for her,” Gauff said of Kasatkina coming out as gay, per The San Francisco Chronicle. “I think that would be something really scary to do, especially coming from her country, which normally isn’t as open as we are in the US about that issue.
I’m just really happy for her and I wish her the best. I hope the situation gets better. I’m grateful that she felt comfortable enough sharing that part of her life. She didn’t have to do that, but I can only imagine how many people in her situation feel inspired by that”.
Gauff happy the tennis community supported Kasatkina
Shortly after Kasatkina came out as gay, she started receiving support from fellow WTA players. Gauff, one of the most talented players in women's tennis, was happy to see fellow players supporting Kasatkina after she made one of the biggest decisions of her life.
“I think in tennis, at least the girls around her, all are very supportive of each other’s backgrounds and identities,” Gauff said. “I’m not best friends with everyone, but I don’t think there’s any judgment when it comes to that.
That’s something really great about tennis because it’s not common when you go into an area where people are from all around the world and you don’t feel judged”. Shortly after the news of Kasatkina being gay spread, the Russian revealed the identity of her girlfriend.
Kasatkina is currently in a relationship with figure skate Natalia Zabiiako. Russia is not really a country very open toward the LGBTQ+ community but Kasatkina said she couldn't continue living "in the closet."