As 2020 prepared to bow out not-so-gracefully to 2021, a beautiful thing happened over end-of-year holidays.

WTA players Alison Van Uytvanck and Greet Minnen, on- and off-court partners, shared that they became engaged. According to Minnen's social posts, she proposed to her partner, who of course said, "Yes." And in a year of so much turmoil for many, she quite likely did so emphatically.


Van Uytvanck shared the same beaming image, as did the WTA Tour's Twitter account, and said in a separate post that she looks forward to the future with her "soon-to-be wife." (A wedding date is not yet confirmed.)

The two have been dating since 2017 at least, and in early 2018, Van Uytvanck came out as gay in the Belgian press.

Kudos on the pair's impending nuptial rolled in from WTA peers and fans across various platforms.


The outpouring marks the latest in a now-lengthy line of proactive and reactive LGBTS-inclusion statements and events in the pro tennis community. (Some of that charge has been led by USTA board member and former ATP player Brian Vahaly.)

Even in 2021's bleak-yet-hopeful early days across political and other sectors of society, one can say the future looks bright.