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Tennis player Amélie Mauresmo came out when she was 19

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  • Tennis player Amélie Mauresmo came out at 19.
  • She has won 22 singles titles.
  • We look at her incredible life and career.

Tennis player Amélie Mauresmo has won 22 singles titles, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon.

Originally from France, she was ranked number one by the WTA in 2006 for 34 weeks.

However, few know that the current Roland Garros director came out as a lesbian when she was just 19 years old.

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It is worth noting that Amélie Mauresmo retired from professional tennis after 16 years of high-level competition. She made this announcement on December 3, 2009.

Six years later, in April 2015, she revealed on her official X (formerly Twitter) account that she was pregnant.

On August 16 of that year, she gave birth to her son, Aaron, and a year later, she had her second child, Ayla.

During her career, she earned an estimated $15 million. She represented her country on numerous occasions with great success.

Tennis player  Amélie Mauresmo came out at the peak of her career

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According to Telecom, tennis player Amélie Mauresmo came out as a lesbian at the 1999 Australian Open.

After defeating Lindsay Davenport, she ran to hug her girlfriend Sylvie Bourdon.

On that occasion, Amélie said that her greatest triumph was finding love and accepting her sexuality.

Sylvie, who was 12 years older, owned a nightclub. Their relationship ended some time later.

‘I thought I could help some people’

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According to ESPN, Amélie Mauresmo made it clear that being a lesbian was not something she felt the need to hide.

«I thought I could help some people, although I don’t want to be a spokesperson for anything except tolerance,» she said.

The tennis player also acknowledged that after coming out, she felt more liberated and played better tennis thanks to her partner.

«I stopped lying, I stopped hiding,» said the tennis player, who was born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France.

Her family knew she was gay

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The French tennis player recalled that before coming out, she lived alone in Paris, but it wasn’t all bad.

«A few people knew… My family knew from the beginning and then some friends,» she said.

After retiring from the courts, she became the coach for one of the greatest British tennis players of all time, Andy Murray.

«She gave me confidence to be among the top 10. That is what is truly important,» said Murray.

Amélie Mauresmo on professional tennis

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Several years ago, in a revealing interview about whether men earn more than women playing professional tennis, Amélie Mauresmo opened up.

According to Punto de Break, the French tennis player was unequivocal with L’Equipe.

«Society worldwide continues to be and always will be sexist. We have the opportunity to evolve in a sport where equality is defended,» she added.

Finally, she stated that it was a pleasure for her to coach an excellent tennis player like Andy Murray.

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