Sunday 27 May 2018

WATCH - Andy Murray gives brilliant response to John Inverdale gaffe about women's tennis

Andy Murray talking to John Inverdale of the BBC last night
Andy Murray talking to John Inverdale of the BBC last night

Mark Molloy

Andy Murray was quick to correct John Inverdale after the BBC presenter forgot about the Olympic gold medals won by the Williams sisters during an interview.

Inverdale was accused of 'forgetting the existence of women’ and ‘everyday sexism’ after ignoring the Olympic achievements of the American siblings during a chat with Murray following his dramatic victory over Juan Martin Del Potro in Rio.

“You’re the first person to ever win two Olympic tennis gold medals, that’s an extraordinary feat, isn’t it?” he asked the Wimbledon champion.

Murray, with a smirk, responded: “Well to defend the singles title, I think Venus and Serena have won about four each … it’s obviously not an easy thing to do and I had to fight unbelievably hard to get it tonight as well.”

The world number two did make history, however, becoming the first player to win two men's singles gold medals after defeating del Potro 7-5 4-6 6-2 7-5

“Tonight's one of the hardest matches I've had to play for a big title,” said Murray afterwards.

“The US Open final when I played Novak and won my first slam was very hard, but tonight I found it really difficult. Emotionally it was tough, physically it was hard. There were so many ups and downs in the match.”

Inverdale sparked a sexism storm in 2013 by claiming Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli was “never going to be a looker”.

In another gaffe last year, the 58-year-old presenter accidentally used the c-word live on the BBC.

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