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March 10, 2015

The 2006 Wimbledon champion was once called 'half a man' by rival Martina Hingis

Back in 1999, Amelie Mauresmo made it to the finals of the Australian Open as a teenager and was called ‘half a man’ by her opponent, Martina Hingis.

It’s doubtful Hingis would have made such a remark had Mauresmo not come on to the scene as an openly gay player at a time when only Martina Navratilova and a few other female pros had done so.

Mauresmo may have lost to Hingis that year but the Frenchwoman went on to have a wonderful career that reached its peak in 2006 when she won both Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

December 18, 2014

'They're so far in the closet I don't even know who they are'

It was 31 years ago that Martina Navratilova became the first tennis pro to come out of the closet publicly.

While a handful of other female players have come out since then, no male pro ever has.

Navratilova, who married longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova this week, wonders why more have not followed her lead.

'I'm surprised that more players have not come out - particularly male players,' she told BBC News after her wedding.

The nine-time Wimbledon singles champion couldn't even begin to reach out to any guys in the closet.

June 9, 2014

Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo replaces Ivan Lendl

When Andy Murray returns to Wimbledon in two weeks to try and defend the title he won there in 2013, he will do so under the guidance of a new coach: Amelie Mauresmo.

Mauresmo, 34, came out publicly as a lesbian in 1999, the year she made the final of the Australian Open as a teenager.

The Frenchwoman went on to reach the number one ranking in 2004 and again in 2006 when she won both the Wimbledon and Australian Open singles titles.

December 18, 2013

Says tennis legend: 'I want our sport to always lead. I don’t want us to be catching up'

Shortly before it was announced that Billie Jean King would be part of the official delegation representing the US at the 2014 Olympics in Russia, the tennis legend spoke out about gay and lesbian athletes coming out.

While female tennis stars such as King and fellow Wimbledon champions Martina Navratilova, Amelie Mauresmo and Conchita Martinez have been public about being lesbians, no male pro has ever come out as gay.

July 19, 2012

European Union supports LGBT sport exhibition timed to run during London 2012

The European Union has pledged €10,000 ($12,300) to support an exhibition at Olympic gay sports event, Pride House.

The EU will give financial backing to an exhibition on LGBT sports pioneers, including Amelie Mauresmo, Billie Jean King, Judith Arndt, Justin Fashanu and Tom Waddel.

Against the Rules will run at Pride House, a gay event for Olympic athletes, spectators, tourists, families and friends, and is part of a project coordinated by the European Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation on 'Preventing and Fighting Homophobic Violence in Sport'.