World OutGames 2017 Athletes: Kenny Evans

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Kenny Evans, known by friends and competitors as “The Gazelle,” is a tennis player who has competed in tournaments across the United States. Next year, he has his sights set on tournaments overseas.

“I do travel the country, next year I do plan to go across the pond and play the Gay Games in Paris,” Evans said.

Evans also wants to visit Germany during his time overseas to do some sightseeing.

“I am a millennial. I grew up in the 90s when I feel like Disney movies were [at] their best and most influential with castles and princesses,” Evans said. “We grow up and are taught that everything in movies is not real … but there are real-life castles in the world, I want to go see them.”

Evans has been playing tennis all his life and has had his fair share of wins and losses. He has learned during his time on the court — and off it — that sportsmanship is the most important thing.

“When I go out there, I try my best to demonstrate good sportsmanship and really good character,” Evans said. “When it comes to sportsmanship that is my No. 1 pet peeve. I do not like unsportsmanlike behavior in a competitive atmosphere.”

Evans said he has had a rough year of tennis so far, but hopes that the World OutGames Miami will be his opportunity to win.

He said, “I’m going to hope that the tennis gods smile upon me once this year, because so far they’ve been frowning.”


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