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Andy Roddick And Mardy Fish Named First Straight Allies In Professional Tennis

_42483231_fish416American tennis stars and best buds Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish took a stand for equality today by announcing their alignment with Athlete Ally, an organization that “encourages athletes, coaches, parents, fans and other members of the sports community to respect all individuals in sports.”

Though it’s only two years old, Athlete Ally has collected more than 12,000 pledges from athletes around the world dedicated to ending homophobia in sports.

“It’s people like Andy and Mardy who will help pave the way for LGBT athletes in tennis,” said Athlete Ally Advisory Board Member Martina Navratilova. “With each new Athlete Ally that speaks out, an LGBT athlete could feel more comfortable coming out.”

Here are the statements these über sexy athletes gave after joining Athlete Ally, which are much more meaningful when paired with their beautiful mugs:

Screen shot 2013-04-30 at 6.08.56 PM“Yesterday was an incredible day for athletes everywhere. Jason Collin’s courage and leadership in coming out reminds me of how important it is for an athlete to be able to be true to him or herself.  As an Athlete Ally, I want to support every athlete to feel comfortable and confident being themselves and to make sure that all people – players and fans alike – are  welcome and included in tennis.” —Andy Roddick

Screen shot 2013-04-30 at 6.09.06 PM“Everybody deserves a shot at playing sports. It shouldn’t matter in the least if that person is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Building community through healthy and inclusive activities should be one of the main focuses behind athletics, and that isn’t possible if you exclude LGBT individuals, especially our youth.” —Mardy Fish.

By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Apr 30, 2013
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  • 6 Comments
    • avesraggiana
      avesraggiana

      I so very much wish that Mardy Fish were NOT an ally. I would have wanted him to be on our team instead. He’s so dreamy!

      Apr 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      The heterosexual sports world must be becoming unglued about now, heh heh heh. I can just hear the whirring and a-spinnin’ of the conservatives in the ground who have passed on before us, lolol. Spin… spinnn…SPINNNNNNNNN!!!

      Apr 30, 2013 at 6:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead
      balehead

      Just more people saying the “learned speech” to look pc…..show up at a march or a event…

      Apr 30, 2013 at 6:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Homophile
      Homophile

      @balehead:

      You silly troll. Don’t you have anything positive to contribute?

      Apr 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lothar
      Lothar

      Oh lord, does this mean our allies are going to become an “oppressed minority”???? They’ve invaded our bars, our personal lives, our gay teen support groups, our gay choruses. Can’t we have something that’s just for us??

      May 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Niall
      Niall

      I loathe both of them as anyone who watches tennis would know they can both be uber-douchebags, but good on them. I respect them a little more.

      May 2, 2013 at 2:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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