Megan Rapinoe , the co-captain of the champion U. As I watched her take the podium at the ticker-tape parade in New York on Wednesday, her gestures and posture unapologetically what some of us watching would classify as dykey others may say, politely, that her presentation was not traditionally feminine , I wondered what this moment felt like for another woman, the first American professional athlete to come out. So I called the tennis player Martina Navratilova, who is currently at Wimbledon, working as a commentator but also playing —in a legends doubles match—and asked. Six years earlier, at the age of eighteen, Navratilova, who grew up in Czechoslovakia, had defected to the United States. At the same time that she made the decision not to return to Czechoslovakia, she also realized that she was gay. Navratilova had a policy of deflecting the question.
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Australian tennis star Margaret Court made headlines and record books with her U. Open win in , when she became the first mother in history to win three of the four Grand Slams, the most prestigious tournaments in tennis. The French open last year contained three lesbians in the player draw, for example. Australian pro, Casey Dellacqua, made headlines in when her female partner had a baby.