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Daria Kasatkina Opens Up About Her Sexuality

In a candid interview the Russian spoke openly and honestly about her private life.

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Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina has spoken out about her personal life and various other topics in an extraordinarily wide ranging interview with sports.ru presenter Sonya Tartakova.

The world No.37 is one of the most decorated women on the Tour this season after winning titles in St Petersburg and Melbourne at the Phillip Island Trophy. Her win-loss for the year currently stands at 16-5. Kasatkina, who is a former top 10 player, has already cut her ranking in half since February. One of her coaches is Carlos Martinez who has recently spoken about his work with the Russian during an interview with UbiTennis.

After her successful start of 2021, Kasatkina spoke extensively about her life with Tartakova for an hour-long documentary. During one segment the two discussed sexuality and why there are more openly LGBT female players than male.

“It’s very hard for me to tell. In Russia things like that are met with huge negativity. Not just Russia, it is the same for the rest of the world,” said Kasatkina who is from a country which has laws banning so-called ‘gay propaganda.’
“Europeans are more tolerant. But the world still doesn’t accept homosexuality as much. I think many athletes are afraid. Afraid of backlash, of losing sponsorships. There could be many reasons.’
“But those who come out are doing it right. Why should they hide their true self?”

Tennis has a rich history when it comes to LGBT sports thanks to pioneers such as Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova who both came out during the 1980s. Nowadays the Tour has numerous openly gay players such as Sam Stosur, Alison Van Uytvanck, Greet minnen and Carla Saurez Navarro. However, on the men’s Tour there are currently no openly gay players and there has been few in the past. Former world No.57 Brian Vahaly came out after retirement.

Addressing her own personal life, 23-year-old Kasatkina is not labelling herself as she explores her own sexuality.

Women know how to dangle the bait properly. Women know how other women work. (They) understand the others psychological needs,” she commented on the difference between genders in her view.

Pressed further in the interview about her personal life, the tennis star said she would consider having a same sex relationship if she finds somebody.

“I’m still learning myself. Both ways have their perks, so why not? yes I would,” she explained. “Girls in a relationship are connected with more understanding. There is a lot of misunderstanding between men and women. Women are more emotional and feel each other’s emotions better.”

For the moment, relationships remain a thing of discovery for Kasatkina. She hopes over the coming years she will work out what it is they she truly wants but it isn’t a guarantee. Instead she is going to take things as they come.

“I’d like to know better myself. Have a better understanding of my wishes. So it wouldn’t be, ‘Dasha, what do you want?” and I’m like “……..(silent)” She said.
“Naturally I want to know. Maybe I’ll never fully understand who I am and what I want. But at least I could myself little by little every day. Would be cool. Anyway, ask me in a few years and I’ll tell you..”

In 2020 the International Review for the Sociology of Sport published a study which found athletes developed greater happiness and self-confidence within their sport after coming out. Their findings were based on accounts of 60 different athletes from various sports which were published on outsports.com.

Ksaatkina’s sexuality was only a small extract in what was an extraordinary detailed interview. She also spoke at length about being tempted to retire from the sport in 2019, her weight and mental struggles on the Tour.

You can watch the video (which is in Russian but has English subtitles) below :-

Video breakdown (translated from Russian to English via google)

0:00 – Tizerim explosions of cars, the theme of revelry and sex with a rival
0:25 – We are in Togliatti. Sonya tells how scary it was there
1:10 – Dasha’s indecent tan
2:20 – Dasha, are you satisfied with your team?
2:30 – How much do you pay your coaches? Who is the dearest?
3:46 – Svetlana Kuznetsova was jealous of the coach towards you?
4:25 – Dasha in the gym
5:05 – What’s your ideal weight?
5:30 – “For life, Dasha looks overweight, but for tennis it’s cool” – how does it work?
6:40 – Enrages that in the comments they insult you because of being overweight?
7:55 – “Yes, I’m a kid, I love football, sneakers and bars”
8:48 – Dasha’s brother was a lawyer and became her professional physical training coach
11:03 – Dasha showed the fact to her brother at a tournament in America. How did you talk after the match?
12:19 – Parents sold the house for Dasha to play tennis
13:50 – Bandits who offered to protect the Kasatkin family
15:05 – Drugs [shit] in Togliatti 90s
17:00 – A story about a classmate who used
17:45 – “They used it in my presence. You walk down the street – and you see their glass eyes and pupil – to the point “
19:10 – Why did Dasha want to end her career at 22?
22:00 – Selfharm: I wanted to hurt myself, because nothing worked
24:10 – Does Dasha envy more successful tennis players of her age?
25:15 – “What happens to the second serve?” – “It ######”
27:50 – We are in Barcelona. Dasha tells where she lives and trains
30:01 – Are we buying an apartment?
30:37 – Nike abandoned Dasha and 14 other players. Why?
32:37 – How much money will be enough if you don’t play anymore?
35:30 – “If not for dad, mom and the sale of the house, would there be such a tennis player?” 36:15 – Tennis in Russia vs tennis in the USA. Comparing National Tennis Centers
38:35 – Relationship with a coach – how does it work?
40:20 – Suggestions in the directive: please drink water from the bathroom
41:20 – Attention from female tennis players
42:08 – Love, sex, loneliness in tennis. “Being alone is not scary”
43:15 – Same sex couples in women’s tennis
45:20 – What is the difference between attention from girls and men?
45:55 – Relationship with whom is more interesting for Dasha? “And there, and there are pluses” 47:10 – “I guess I’ll never know who I am 100%”
48:52 – When you are in front of Messi, what would you tell him?
49:10 – How Dasha played tennis with a Barcelona player
49:29 – Pyatyunya with Artem Dziuba (the same hand)
51:00 – Another memorable Friday – with Nadal
51:55 – “You can’t force a person to live your life.” Dasha’s mom explains how parents were able to let their children go so early
52:30 – “Child, are we bothering you a lot? For 5 thousand kilometers “
53:05 – From Togliatti to Moscow – Dasha with the cup!
55:30 – “There is such a state, then it is only death, it seems.” Dasha – about the most powerful celebration of victory

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Rafael Nadal To Play Laver Cup In Berlin

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Rafael Nadal has eased speculation that he might be retiring from the sport soon after signing on to play in the Laver Cup later this year. 

The 22-time Grand Slam champion is the latest player to join the line-up for this year’s team competition which features Europe taking on the rest of the world over three days. It will be Nadal’s fourth appearance in the competition and his first since 2022. He competed in the inaugural edition of the event back in 2017 alongside co-founder Roger Federer. 

“I am very happy to be playing Laver Cup in Berlin for Team Europe,” Nadal said in a press release. “I have some really special memories from my Laver Cup experiences, including all the emotions from London two years ago playing alongside Roger for the last time.”

Nadal’s decision to play comes amid questions about his future in the sport. The former world No.1 has previously indicated that this year could be his last on the Tour but he has stated that no decision has been made. In recent months he has been sidelined from action due to injury setbacks and has only been able to play in two tournaments so far this year. 

“At this stage in my career I really want to go out there and make the most of every opportunity I am given,” he explains.
“Teaming up is always an incredible experience and I have always enjoyed it, the competition is different and exciting. I’m looking forward to going to Berlin and helping Team Europe win back the Laver Cup.”

Other European players confirmed to be playing are Carlos Alcaraz, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev. Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur, Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul have agreed to play for Team World. This year’s event will be held in Belin at the Uber Arena between September 20-22. 

The Laver Cup was inspired by golf’s Ryder Cup. It was co-founded by Federer’s Team8 management company (which he formed with agent Tony Godsick), businessman Jorge Paulo Lemann and Tennis Australia. In 2019 it became an official ATP sanction event and now has a place on the official calendar. 

Nadal is set to return to competitive action at the Madrid Masters which he has won on five previous occasions. He has been drawn to play teenage wild card Darwin Blanch in the first round. If he wins, Nadal will then play Alex de Minaur who knocked him out of the Barcelona Open last week. 

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Iga Swiatek beats Emma Raducanu to extend her winning streak to ten consecutive matches in Stuttgart

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Two-time defending champion Iga Swiatek held off 2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 after 2 hours and 3 minutes to extend her winning streak to 10 consecutive matches at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. 

Swiatek set up a semifinal match against 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina, who came back from a break down in the third set to beat this year’s Dubai champion Jasmine Paolini.

Raducanu came back from 0-40 down to earn the first break of the opening set. Swiatek converted her third break point in the second game in a seven-deuce second game. Raducanu saved the only other break point at deuce in the sixth game. Swiatek won the first four points and five of the first six points to win the tie-break 7-2. 

Swiatek earned five break points in the second, sixth and in the 12thgame, but she converted only one opportunity. Raducanu converted her only break point in the first game. Swiatek won nine more points than Swiatek. 

Swiatek broke Raducanu in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. This break was decisive, as both players held on their next serve in their next games. 

Swiatek earned six break points in the third, fifth and ninth games, but she converted one chance. The Pole did not face a single break point and won eight more points than Raducanu.

“Raducanu started playing at the beginning pretty loose, like she had nothing to lose, and I totally get that. Sometimes it is like that. I knew I was questioning if she is going to be able to keep the same intensity throughout the whole match. It was not about service games or return games. I was just waiting for my chances to break back and I was sure that I am going to get them”, said Swiatek.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Sebastian Ofner in Barcelona to extend his winning streak

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Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Sebastian Ofner 6-4 7-5 at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell to extend his winning streak to seven consecutive matches after claiming his third title at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters last week. 

Tsitsipas earned an immediate break in the first game. Ofner broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. Tsitsipas earned his second break  in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and served out the first set 6-4 with a hold at 15. 

Tsitsipas broke in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Ofner won three consecutive games with two breaks of serve to take a 5-3 lead. Tsitsipas came back by winning four consecutive games with two breaks of serve to seal the second set 7-5.

Tsitsipas has a record of 17 wins to 5 defeats in Barcelona. The Greek player reached three finals at this tournament in 2018, 2021 and 2023.  

“I feel pretty good, but it is still early in the tournament. The conditions here are very different to Monte-Carlo and I felt it today when I was playing. My job is to adapt and to ensure I can bring my A game again in Barcelona this week. Today was a great test to see where I stand. I am hoping to keep on improving and getting good wins like this under my belt”, said Tsitsipas. 

Tsitssipas set up a third round match against Roberto Carballes Baena, who beat Lorenzo Musetti 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 in 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

Musetti saved three break points in the first game of the opening set. The Italian player earned two break points with a backhand down the line. Musetti saved two break points in the seventh game. Both players went on serve un the 12th game when Carballes Baena saved a set point. Carballes Baena went up a 5-1 lead with two mini-breaks in the tie-break. Musetti won three consecutive points to reduce to 4-5. Carballes Baena won the final two points to take the tie-break 7-4. 

Carballes Baena converted his fourth break point in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. Musetti broke back in the fifth game. Carballes Baena saved a break point in the sixth game. The Spanish player sealed the win with a break on his second match. 

Last week’s Monte-Carlo finalist Casper Ruud beat Alexandre Muller 6-3 6-4 to claim his 25th tour-level win of the season. Ruud has drawn level with Jannik Sinner for the most wins in 2024 on the ATP Tour. 

Ruud set up a third round match against Jordan Thompson, who beat Jaume Munar 6-4 2-4 6-4. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Andrea Vavassori 4-6 6-4 6-1 to claim his milestone 400th match win on the ATP Tour. Bautista Agut set up a third round match against Cameron Norrie. 

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