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Did These Pro Tennis Players Just Come Out? Here's Why Fans Think Yes

The Fabien Reboul & Maxence Broville Coming Out Drama Explained

Fabien Reboul, Maxence Broville
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Fabien Reboul and Maxence Broville sparked a frenzy with one Instagram post.

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Tennis fans were alight with excitement this week after it seemed French pro players Fabien Reboul and Maxence Broville may have come out as being in a relationship with one another.

The frenzy started after Reboul shared a picture of what appears to be the two of them kissing to his Instagram stories.

“I did not fall in love with you, your love pushed me to it,” he wrote, tagging Broville.

Some fans immediately took it as confirmation that the two were in a relationship — and it’s not difficult to see why. If a photo of a man and woman had been posted in that pose, with that caption, it would be a foregone conclusion.

But others suggested it was nothing more than a joke and a publicity stunt, both due to the lack of additional commentary from either player and because it comes on the heels of soccer players Kylian Mbappe and Oliver Giroud getting a slew of attention for a celebration on the field that felt “romantic” to many watching.

If the two did just come out, it would be significant, as they would be the first openly gay active tennis players on the ATP tour.

LGBTQ+ representation in sports has been slowly increasing in recent years, and seeing athletes in same-sex relationships mention or photograph their significant others with the same level of casualness that straight people have always enjoyed would mean a lot to fans and aspiring athletes in the LGBTQ+ community looking for reassurance that they have a place in the world of sports, too.

Who was the first gay athlete?

According to ESPN, champion tennis player Bill Tilden didn't hide his sexuality in the 1920s.

How many NFL players are gay?

The only NFL player to be out while playing the sport is Carl Nassib, who came out in 2021.

What NFL team has had a gay player?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Nassib in August 2022.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.