Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I came across this picture of Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo about a week after she won her second grand slam title. I was dismayed. As attractive as she is, this dress does nothing for her. Perhaps because it doesn't seem like her style. If Ellen DeGeneres, he most visible lesbian in Hollywood can wear styling pants suits to the various awards ceremonies than Mauresmo, the most visible lesbian in tennis, can certainly do so as well. OK sure it was the champions' ball at Wimbledon, arguably the most venerable tennis tournament in the world. But the dress is just so not Amelie.
I have felt that Amelie, while not going back in the closet certainly, has not been as out on the tour as she was when she first burst on the scene at the 1999 Australian Open. Of course at that time she might have been a little naive about the reaction. But still we never see a girlfriend in the players' box or hear her thank a significant other. Other players aren't required to sequester their personal lives. Mauresmo might, of course, have made a "choice" not to talk about her personal life at all (maybe it's different in the European press) but it seems unlikely that the choice was not motivated by the significant attention her homosexuality has garnered. In a sense I can't blame her. But still I am disappointed that her vibrant outness from early in her career has faded.