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The best Russian tennis player Darya Kasatkina comes out as gay

Darya Kasatkina
Russia’s best tennis player comes out as gay

Darya Kasatkina in action

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Homosexuality is often a taboo subject in Russia. Now the twelfth Russian Darja Kasatkina of the world tennis ranking has announced her retirement. He also criticized the stopped opening process in the country.

Russian tennis player Darya Kasatkina made her homosexuality public. In an interview with blogger Vitya Kravchenko published on Monday, he also criticized the existence of a number of “forbidden topics” in Russia. “For young people who have problems in public, it is very important if athletes or other famous figures talk about it,” said Kasatkina. He has a life partner, he confirmed when asked.

Criticism of the suspension of social opening in Russia

In this context, Kasatkina also praised Russian soccer player Nadezhda Karpova, who was the first Russian sportswoman to come out as gay in early June. Kasatkina criticized that there are many topics in Russia that are not worth talking about. Homosexuality is not even the most important thing. There was a movement to be more open at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but this process has stalled. “The road is closed, road works are being carried out,” commented Kasatkina angrily.

Kasatkina is ranked 12th in the world tennis rankings, making her the highest-ranked Russian at the moment. The 25-year-old has won four Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) titles so far in her career.


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