Saturday, July 08, 2006

Amelie Mauresmo wins Wimbeldon!

The only "Out" female tennis player has won her first Wimbeldon title!

YOU GO GIRL!

Amelie Mauresmo affirmed her lesbianism back in 1999, after being called "half a man" by Martin Hingis. She's the only female tennis player who's been out of the closet for her entire professional career. She is only the 2nd lesbian to win such a prestigious event. (I don't count Billie Jean King as she's not really a lesbian, having been married for quite number of years before getting divorced in 1987.)


Amelie Mauresmo and her then lover, in 1999. According to wikipedia, she has a new girlfriend which she has kept out of the spotlight.

26 Comments:

At 11:31 AM, July 09, 2006, Blogger dumbdodi said...

well writergurl, she being a lesbian didn't surprise anyone...don't have anything against her but wanted justine to win

 
At 12:32 PM, July 09, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

No, of course it didn't "surprise" anyone, the real "surprise" is that she has not lost endorsement opportunites (like Martina did) because she is "out".

Justine is a good player and they will continue to beat each other, did you see the first set? Justine was kicking her ass... a 2-6 set... to recover from that? Damn fine tennis!

Mauresemo is the #1 female player, and was one of only a handful who'd ever attained that lofty space without having won a Grand Slam title. (Until yesterday that is.)

 
At 2:01 PM, July 10, 2006, Blogger gizmorox said...

Yeah, I'm a traitor to my gender because I completely forgot the women's match was on. Whoops. I may have lied a little bit, though, I did at least know who was playing :) I'm glad Amelie won, I've always liked her.

 
At 4:47 PM, July 10, 2006, Blogger Beth said...

She's a Lesbian? Hell, I thought she was French.

 
At 6:20 PM, July 10, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

She's both, they're not mutally exclusive, ya know.

 
At 1:56 PM, July 13, 2006, Blogger Auntie said...

I believe you are forgetting Miss Navaratilova, lovey. She declared her lesbianism in 1970. You can't get Dr Marga on lesbian sportswomen.

 
At 4:24 PM, July 13, 2006, Blogger Spanish Prisoner said...

btw, it's Martina Hingis. Just wanted to point that out since I'm swiss and a fan of hers. :P

 
At 8:35 PM, July 13, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Doc, yes, Martina DID come out, but in 1981, after MUCH speculation about her "friendship" with Rita Mae Bown, who wrote about their relationship in a book called "Suden Death" (thinly veiled as fiction). MY point in mentioning Ms Mauresno's being "out" is that she has never tried to deny being gay or hide in the closet, whihc is what Martina Navatralova did.

I know my lesbian sposrts figures too, lovey. ;)

Spanish, you are correct.. must have been a freudian slip. I hated Hingis for saying that. It shows that she's a not only a homophobe, but a bad sport s well, in that the "half a man" comment was said AFTER her butt was handed to her.

 
At 1:02 AM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Auntie said...

Lovey, books are great, but I do know Martina personally and 1970 is the key year. But I agree with you about Hingis. Why does it matter that Mauresmo is gay? Nobody gives any mention to the fact that 'such-and'such' is hetero! Why is this? Why is the world obsessed with highlighting who is gay but not who isn't?

keep up the good work, lovey.

 
At 8:38 AM, July 14, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Oh, Doc, I believe you're Olaf in yet another persona. so I shan't continue this "conversation" with you.

Bye, now, lovey.

 
At 3:01 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger Spanish Prisoner said...

writergurl, I remember Martina Hingis saying that and it wasn't her brightest moment saying that but surely to an extend Mauresmo looks stronger and more manly than I do. Which of course you can interpret as me being to feminine. :D

 
At 4:35 PM, July 14, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Spanish, I don't care HOW she looks (and yes, I agree, she is built more like a man than Hingis is), that STILL no reason to say something blatanly homophobic like that. What's that quote from Lincoln? "It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and resolve all doubt." Hingis should have heeded those sage words.

 
At 4:03 AM, July 16, 2006, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Hingus has also launched pointed barbs at the Williams Sisters and Steffi Graf.

As a matter of fact, I can't remember her saying anything nice to anyone...with her forehead so big that a Cessna could land on it during a storm and a puss that looks like she was weaned on lemons.

 
At 7:00 AM, July 16, 2006, Blogger Spanish Prisoner said...

Writergurl, how is that homophobic? I never seen that statement of hers as a comment on Mauresmo's sexuality but more on Mauresmo's figure and appearance.

 
At 3:30 PM, July 16, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Spanish...I ain't calling her homophobic because I want her to be, I'd rather no one be that way.

In fact the FULL quote is: "She's here with her girlfriend. She's half a man already." Hingis uttered those words on the eve of their match in the 1999 Australian Open.

So, my devoted Hingis fan, how do you construe THAT is "not homphobic"? If fact, your "star" is not only homophobic but also an all around ass. If you doubt me, look at the "quotes" section of her Wiki page... Being a good tennis player does not make her a great person. Just as being a good pitcher didn't make John Rocker a good person either.

I hate to burst your ballon, but thems the facts.

 
At 4:55 PM, July 17, 2006, Blogger MaryAn Batchellor said...

How many Olaf personas are floating around out there?

 
At 6:24 PM, July 17, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

MA, I've no idea and can't be bothered to try and figure it out. The "Doc" persona isn't correct about Martina Navatrilova, she was born in 1956, so by "Doc's" clculations she came out when she was 14... Yeah. Right.

Also, one of my former girlfriends was a top rated tennis player in high school, (she had a 125 ITA ranking) and Martina spent some time hanging out with my ex's family in the mid 70's... she was in her late teens early 20's. I remember (vaguely) my ex showing me some pictures of a birthday cake that my ex's Mom had baked for Martina. I don't know Martina and have never meet her, but I trust my ex and those photos, since Martina is IN those old photos.

 
At 2:14 AM, July 18, 2006, Blogger Spanish Prisoner said...

Writergurl, now as I see the full quote it is a complete different story. It is a homophobic statement of hers. It still doesn't make her a homophobic. But I can agree that it is quite possible for her to be homophobic. Or she was just being rude and arrogant.

 
At 10:55 AM, July 18, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Spanish, you may be right, she may not be a homophobe, however, in my experience, people who make homophobic statements ARE homophobes. See, if she just wanted to be an asshole, she didn't HAVE to drag Mauresmo's girlfriend into it... I'm of a mind that people reveal who they are in the small things they say and do. (Something to keep in mind when writing your scripts!)

 
At 2:54 AM, July 19, 2006, Blogger Lucy said...

I agree with WG - but then that's because I feel sure she is my American Lesbian alter ego on the other side of the pacific. Yin and Yang and all that.

How are you doing WG? Have you missed me?

 
At 2:25 PM, July 19, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

Lucy, baby, where ya been? How's the chillen? (Children for those who don't speak "Suthern".)

As for the yin/yang thing... you're spot on, as usual.

 
At 7:04 PM, July 19, 2006, Blogger oneslackmartian said...

Okay, I'm a high school sophomore, but here it goes . . . .

Amelie Mauresmo thought she was "out" but the line judge ruled her "in."

[crickets chirping]

Wow. Tough crowd.

 
At 3:53 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Lucy said...

Hey WG, between breast feeding and my new corporate commission, I. HAVE. NO. LIFE! I don't think I've seen my husband for 13 days. He's in the house somewhere, buried under nappies (that's diapers to you guys) and muslin squares.

The Chillen are great thanks - though my son has decided my little girl is perfect for dancing with, singing "I see you baby! Shaking that ass! Shaking that ass!" which can be a tad uncomfortable when the mother-in-law comes over. Also, one of the few things that stops Lil from crying is Kanye West, especially Golddigga, so the baby is kicking it gangsta-style. Yeah.

How's you?

 
At 9:47 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger writergurl said...

LOL

Lucy, just be grateful the girl has enough taste to appreciate a good beat. Oh, and tell your mother in-law that it certainly beats him trying to stuff a pillow on top of the baby.

I'm fine... gonna do a post tomorrow about what. exactly, I've been doing with the house and all...

Slack... ummm, huh?

 
At 10:56 PM, July 22, 2006, Blogger sassee said...

u

 
At 11:03 PM, July 22, 2006, Blogger sassee said...

writergurl,
i like reading what u post. it's entertaining. i have read it a few times because i am a fan of mauresmo and when i look for stories online, the search brings your blog into the results.

i'm thrilled she won wimbledon and that she is having a well-deserved successful year. in fact, i got to watch both of my favorite tennis players in that final match, so it was a thrill for me. especially after the disappointing way their last grand slam final ended. i wanted ame to win though because it's her time...she was due. maybe roland garros next year.

i'm curious about who her current girlfriend is but never do see any pictures or really hear anything definite. there seem to be a lot of people who think they know and all contradict one another.

sassee

 

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