Open Pride: The US Open Initiative for Diversity


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Open Pride: The US Open Initiative for Diversity

The US Open, through the USTA, promoted inclusion and LGBTQ + pride in a day of celebration that sought to establish a safe environment for tennis and promote diversity of thought and choice, forming part of a campaign called “Be Open” . This Wednesday all stadiums were dyed with the colors of the movement’s flag and the entire tournament, including many players and staff, expressed their support for the community.

“National Tennis Center Billie Jean King “, is the name of the complex where the last Grand Slam of the season is played. Precisely, this tennis legend is, and was during her time as a player, one of the great protagonists of the fight for equal rights around the world, she was present with her partner Ilana Kloss on September 1.

In turn, two of the great protagonists of the circuit such as Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas were consulted on the subject at a press conference and expressed their support for the move. “Are there gays on the circuit? Until someone comes out to say it we cannot know, unless one is his best friend. This US Open initiative is great and I think the ATP is doing a good job, including providing information and making sure that if someone wants to come out and say it, they can feel safe and secure.“, indicated number two in the ranking.

The Greek stated along the same lines: “If someone decides to go out and tell their reality, they would be supported by everyone. I don’t know how it is in other sports but I don’t see any reason, for example, why something like this is not accepted on the circuit. ” Equality and inclusion, protagonists at Flushing Meadows.


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