Yesterday, Andy Murray was knocked out of Wimbledon after he lost his quarter-final match to American Sam Querrey. The world number one men’s tennis player bowed down to Sam in a nail-biting five-set encounter. At the end of the day, the score was 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 1-6, 1-6.
But it is not the match that is getting all the attention rather it’s Andy’s post match conference. The Scot perfectly shut down a reporter who said that Sam was the ”first American player” to reach the Wimbledon semis since 2009. To which Andy replied, “Male player”. Serena Williams has won 5 Wimbledon titles since 2009! Watch the video here-
This is not the first time Andy has shut down reporters questions that tread on casual sexism. Last year, he even corrected BBC reporter, John Inverdale who said that he was the first Tennis player to win two Olympic golds. But Andy pointed out saying that, Serena and Venus Williams both have won 4 Olympic medals.
Murray’s perfect response is being praised all over which even includes his mother.
1. I would be proud too!
That's my boy. ❤️ https://t.co/ldZUQ2wbZj
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) July 12, 2017
2. And neither should anyone.
— Jamie (@_JamieMac_) July 12, 2017
3. And he does this, ALWAYS!
Say what you will about Murray but so rare is the male athlete whose brain is so automatically programmed to credit accomplishments of women https://t.co/R29XBCGeEl
— Dawn Rhodes (@rhodes_dawn) July 12, 2017
4. Feminist ‘male’ player, I like the sound of it!
Is Andy Murray the most doggedly feminist *male* player in tennis? This seems to happen every year, but he's always ready to call shit out. https://t.co/fQqKMYC4W4
— Stephen Thomas (@SWilliamThomas) July 12, 2017
5. That’s what makes him the champion, he is!
Andy Murray, fighting the good fight… pic.twitter.com/bj1rii1KmG
— Leigh Walsh (@LeighWalsh87) July 12, 2017
Andy has never shied away from talking about issues that matter, especially when it comes to the women in Tennis. Be it coming in defence of his former coach, Amelie Mauresmo who was badgered for his defeat; not surprisingly, none of his male coaches ever had to experience that. Andy had then said,
“HAVE I BECOME A FEMINIST? WELL, IF BEING A FEMINIST IS ABOUT FIGHTING SO THAT A WOMAN IS TREATED LIKE A MAN THEN YES, I SUPPOSE I HAVE.”
Women across all fields are, be it sports, cinema, corporations or even those at home are fighting for equality and respect. Sexism, casual or blatant needs to stop. And with Andy Murray taking such steps time and again, proves that there is hope.