Monday 23 April 2018

Andy Murray praised for taking on 'casual sexism' as he corrects reporter who appeared to overlook female tennis

Andy Murray during a press conference after losing to Sam Querrey
Andy Murray during a press conference after losing to Sam Querrey

Max McLean

Despite a shock defeat against Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon quarter-finals, world number one Andy Murray became a winner in many people’s eyes after a press conference incident.

After the Brit’s 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-1 6-1 loss, a reporter began to ask Murray a question, saying: “Sam (Querrey) is the first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009, how would you describe the…”

But Murray interrupted, adding: “Male player,” referencing the many female players from the US who have achieved a Slam semi-final or better since 2009. The reporter asked: “I beg your pardon?” before Murray said: “Male player, right?”

“Yes, first male player, that’s for sure,” replied the reporter.

Venus Williams reached a Slam semi-final as recently as Tuesday, a day before Murray’s Wimbledon exit, while Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys have also reached semi-finals since then.

And that’s without mentioning Serena Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, who has won 12 major titles since 2009.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was a big fan of Murray’s comments.

And she wasn’t the only one.

However, not everybody felt it was necessary to make such a big deal of it.

Back in 2016 Murray corrected sports broadcaster John Inverdale, who suggested Murray had become the first person to win two Olympic gold medals in tennis after his singles victory of Juan Martin Del Potro.

However, Murray reminded Inverdale that the Williams sisters had won multiple doubles titles at Olympic Games.

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