The tennis player Daria Kasatkina, Russia's first racket and who was number two in the world in 2018, made her homosexuality public on Monday in an interview with a Russian sports journalist.
"Do I have a girlfriend? Yes," the 25-year-old athlete told reporter Viktor Kravchenko in an interview posted on her YouTube channel.
Kasatkina, currently number 12 in the world, now trains under the tutelage of Carlos Martínez at an academy in Barcelona.
During the interview, in the Spanish city after one of Kasatkina's training sessions, the young woman acknowledged that she was "a little nervous" when making this revelation in front of a camera and acknowledged that it is a "taboo" subject in Russia.
"I've never talked about it so openly in front of a camera, but I like it," he said.
And he added: "Living in the closet for a long time is complicated (...) you have to be at peace with yourself, it's the only thing that matters."