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Stubbs Talks About...Everything

From The Age: Never lost for words

Rennae Stubbs, not one to skirt an issue, will be remembered more for her outspoken attitude than her champion doubles play, Linda Pearce says.

When Rennae Stubbs retires from tennis, perhaps by year's end, no Australian-born woman will have won more prizemoney ($US3.584 million at last count), and not even the legendary Margaret Court will have more doubles titles (52, the best by an Australian and all but 10 women in history, including six grand slam events).

Yet it is not for being Australia's closest female equivalent to her lifelong friend Todd Woodbridge that Stubbs, 34, will be remembered.

She has been called a trouble-maker, a nutcase, a big mouth, an attention-seeker. She admits to being aggressive, passionate, outspoken.

"I've never been one to skirt the issue," she admitted. "I'm not one to say, 'I'm not going to comment on that'."

Stubbs travels with her girlfriend of two years, a former US professional softballer, having shared a long-term relationship with her former doubles partner, Lisa Raymond.

It has only been relatively recently that Stubbs has fully embraced her sexuality, and she hopes that by speaking openly, it will help teenagers who might be grappling with gay issues.

"I always say to my friends, 'Wouldn't it be great if everybody who was gay said they were? If we said: February 21, or whatever, this is the coming out day. So, if you are, you have to come out to everybody you know'. It would be phenomenal.

"And it would be nice if everybody could just accept that it's not a choice, this is who you are. You would never, ever choose this, choose to be gay. It's such a difficult thing to deal with and coming out to people and talking about it, and coming out to your family.

"But I don't hide who I am any more. Everyone in the tennis world pretty much knows who's gay and who's not; the only reason I would like it spoken about publicly more is that I wish everybody would realise that, 'See all those people you admire? Out of 10 of them, four are gay, and I just want you to know that your child can still idolise them'."

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Comments

who else are gay? aside from amelie mauresmo?

Posted by: Marlon | Jan 8, 2006 10:34:53 PM

Got me. That's the first I heard Stubbs or Raymond was gay.

Posted by: lisen | Jan 9, 2006 9:55:06 AM

You have got to be kidding me?

Posted by: ron | Jan 10, 2006 10:52:04 PM

It's been an "open secret" for quite a while that both Stubbs and Raymond are gay.

Who is definitely gay on the WTA:
-Martina Navratilova
-Jana Novotna
-Hana Mandlikova
-Amelie Mauresmo
-Gigi Fernandez
-Conchita Martinez (not officially "out", but her being a lesbian is one of the worst kept secrets in sports history)
-Rennae Stubbs
-Lisa Raymond
-Samantha Stosur (same as with Conchita, not officially "out", but it's pretty much well known)

Posted by: Ally | Jan 11, 2006 12:24:44 AM

stosur is so not gay

Posted by: me | Jan 30, 2006 5:29:59 AM

im sorry but sam stosur is totally gay,,,its a known fact on tour

Posted by: you | Feb 2, 2006 5:29:28 AM

i didn't know that there are that many lesbians in the tour. do you know of any gay men in the atp tour?

Posted by: Marlon | Feb 2, 2006 7:55:52 PM

how do u know stosur is gay?

Posted by: michelle | Jun 21, 2006 6:42:53 PM

Get out of here.. are you sure about Sam Stosur? I thought she travels with her boyfriend - Adam or something like that?

I heard a rumour about Alicia Molik dating Kuznetova but I don't believe that either. I think people just make things up for the sake of it.

Anyhow, just saw this article.. will be a shame when/if Stubbsy retires. She's a great player.

Posted by: Tanya | Jun 24, 2006 7:06:22 AM

haven't heard any rumors about gay players on the atp tour... strange that the women come out but the men don't

Posted by: martin | Jun 24, 2006 11:10:23 AM

i heard maria sharapova got all offended that sam stosur tried to grab and kiss her...

Posted by: marvin | Aug 25, 2006 2:02:30 PM

were did u here this about maria and sam?

Jan-Michael Gambill is gay, though I don't think he would come out because in men's sports, that's crucifixion. You see, in women's sports, on the whole, a large percentage are gay. In men's, its just the opposite, an extremely small percentage. If you come out, you won't find the camraderie or others in the same boat.

Posted by: Joe | Apr 12, 2007 10:26:44 PM

There was an article in a Sydney newspaper about Stosur marrying her girlfriend in Florida in March. It was in the MX newspaper you get for free as well on trains going home from work (in melbourne).

Posted by: scott | Apr 23, 2007 6:57:06 AM

wonder what her girlfrind looks like? stosurs hot so i reckon her girlfriend woudl be. but then look at sarah stone. shes a bulldog and sam dated her didnt she? im sure her girlfriend nows much better. good on her hey. thats realy cool.

Posted by: scott | Apr 24, 2007 6:31:48 AM

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