Extremely Mixed Doubles
The case for modelling gay marriage on tennis
If Malcolm and Bill are seeking a model on which to base their gay marriage policies they need look no further than tennis.
Both men’s and women’s doubles have been accepted in the sport for as long as mixed doubles and there’s never been the slightest hint of disapproval either from the church or the far right.
The Pope however is not keen on doubles of any sort for the priesthood because it tends to result in more service errors.
Transsexual tennis even allows doubles matches to start as men’s or women’s and then switch to mixed after a change of ends.
There’s nothing controversial about singles as long as it doesn’t encourage players to concentrate overly on playing with themselves.
The future of men’s and women’s doubles is assured at the US Open, the French Open and Wimbledon but is subject to a postal vote at the Australian Open. The future of mixed doubles is also a concern because of the trend towards gender neutrality.
Coaches are worried about the impact of LGBTI tennis on the sport as a whole because it can cause players to swing in different ways.