SIR ANDY MURRAY corrected a reporter who appeared to overlook female tennis in a post-match press conference at Wimbledon.
The Scot, who crashed out of the competition in the quarter-finals after a defeat to Sam Querry, interrupted a journalist who said his opponent was the “first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009”.
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 13, 2017
Murray corrected him, 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.
That's my boy. ❤️ https://t.co/ldZUQ2wbZj
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) July 12, 2017
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, as was Andy’s mother Judy, who tweeted “That’s my boy”.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) July 12, 2017
It’s not the first time that Murray has challenged casual sexism.
Back in 2016 he 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.