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ATP men’s tennis tour hopes to increase LGBTQ inclusion

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FILE – This is a view of Arthur Ashe Stadium during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 1, 2016. The ATP is partnering with You Can Play, a group that strives to increase the LGBTQ inclusion in sport, after 75% of players who took part in a survey of the men’s tennis circuit said they had heard other players use homophobic slurs. The Tour announced on Friday, July 22, 2022 that it was launching a multi-year educational partnership with You Can Play, which has worked with the NHL, MLS and NASCAR. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

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The ATP partners with You Can Play, a group that works to increase LGBTQ inclusion in sport, after 75% of players who took part in a men’s tennis circuit survey said they had heard other players use homophobic slurs.

The tour announced on Friday the launch of a multi-year educational partnership with You Can Play, which has worked with the NHL, MLS and NASCAR.

The ATP’s anonymous online survey was distributed to hundreds of players last year; 65 responded. Some also agreed to be interviewed.

The ATP said its findings “indicate a strong fear of rejection, isolation from others on tour, and loneliness as likely barriers for LGBTQ+ players publicly disclosing their sexuality to others.”

There are no openly gay athletes in men’s tennis today.

The tour said a majority of attendees “supported the ATP taking action to combat homophobia.”

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