Russia’s highest-ranked female tennis player Daria Kasatkina has shared that coming out “helped” her and that she is “happy with the outcome”.
The 25-year-old bravely came out in July and shared that she is dating Russian Olympic figure skater Natalia Zabiiako. “Living in the closet is impossible,” the star told blogger Vitya Kravchenko. “I believe it is important that influential people from sports, or any other sphere really, speak about it,” she continued. “It is important for young people who have a hard time with society and need support.” She has since shared that, despite being “ready for some negative reaction”, there “was nothing like that.” Speaking to The Guardian, she continued: “I’m very thankful because that makes me feel so good.
Some of the players were coming to me, sometimes they’re still coming to me, to say ‘yeah, it’s cool’ or ‘congrats’ to me. That’s nice.” “I felt less pressure” When she first came out, Kasatkina condemned conservative attitudes in Russia, as well as the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Doing so “helped” her, she further explained: “I felt less pressure. I put this pressure out of my shoulders because when you have to think about tennis but also to think about some deep things inside your head, it’s just not good. “I remember after saying all these things, I just felt much better.