Born in a country where apartheid tore communities apart, South African pro Kevin Anderson understands what it means to be different, and the weight of it. He has witnessed it firsthand.
He has parlayed that perspective into new insights about what it would mean if an ATP Tour player—yeah, one in the upper echelon even—were to come out as gay in his active playing days.
"There is definitely a stigma attached to it," he tells The Guardian. "Society historically has not been very welcoming. Times are changing because people are talking, which is great, but it will take somebody to break that trend. It won’t be easy. It will take a lot of courage. But hopefully if we can be more welcoming it might make it a little bit easier.