Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina revealed she was "prepared for the worst" after coming out as gay. In July, Kasatkina revealed that she's in a relationship with figure skater Natalia Zabiiako. Two months have passed since Kasatkina's announcement.
Since then, Kasatkina has received lots of support from the tennis community. But Kasatkina expected a strong reaction from her country as Russia isn't a country that is really open to the LGBTQ+ community. “I honestly prepared for the worst.
I thought it would be dark, knowing our mentality. But in the end, I was surprised how everything turned out. How cool. Not everything is as bad as I thought,” Kasatkina said during a conversation with Ksenia Sobchak, per Sportskeeda.
Kasatkina on her orientation
“I grew up with no gay boys or lesbian girls around me. Nothing affected me. The maximum that happened was the Tatu group (Russian music group). I don’t think orientation can be promoted at all.
It’s either this or that. Nothing influenced me, but I still like girls in the end,” Kasatkina explained. Kasatkina, who turned 25 in May, admitted that accepting herself and then coming out wasn't really easy.
But she has no regrets over her choices. “It took me a long time to accept myself because society is pressing. Even if you begin to understand something, you think that it is something wrong. You begin to suppress it yourself.
You start hiding, leading a double life. And at some point, you already cease to understand who you are. Not so long ago, I came to the conclusion that I do not care at all," Kasatkina added. Since coming out as gay, Kasatkina has won two titles.
Kasatkina suffered a first round exit at the US Open, but the North American hard court swing was a success for her. This summer on hard, Kasatkina made it all the way in San Jose and Granby.