Belgian tennis star Alison Van Uytvanck had much to celebrate last week during her 5th appearance at Wimbledon.
The 24-year-old celebrated her qualifying for the octafinals by running up the the stands to smooch her girlfriend, fellow pro tennis player Greet Minnen, live on TV.
— René Denfeld (@Renestance) July 7, 2018
Earlier this year, the tennis star – currently ranked 47th in the world – came out after winning the Hungarian Ladies Open in Budapest.
At a press conference after the match, Uytvanck was asked if she felt like a role model by coming out and if coming out lifted a weight from her shoulders. Her response was spot on:
“I don’t think it actually changed something about that – being ‘more free’ or something. We just decided to not make it personal and keep it for ourselves. I’m happy anyway if it is with a woman or a man. I just feel like we don’t have to be ashamed of this. And that’s why I also want to be free. I mean, I’m not sick, I don’t have a disease but I feel like its good that I could come out as a gay person.”
Watch Uytvanck handle the question with ease below:
Alison Van Uytvanck talking about coming out as a gay tennis player. This is important guys
video from Wimbledon YouTube pic.twitter.com/VDJslFjrnk
— James 2⃣4⃣ (@P2Hags) July 6, 2018
You'll recall woofy out Olympic freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy made headlines around the world when he kissed his boyfriend, Matt Wilkas, after a successful run at this year's Winter Olympics.
— The Independent (@Independent) February 19, 2018