Andy Murray was disappointed after his quarterfinal loss to American Sam Querrey at Wimbledon on Wednesday, but he appeared even more disappointed by the casual sexism of a reporter in his post-match press conference.
During the press conference, a reporter had started to inform Murray of what the reporter no doubt considered an interesting fact: Querrey, the correspondent said, was “the first U.S. player to reach a major semifinal since 2009.” But before the reporter could even get to his question, a frustrated Murray interrupted him.
“Male player,” said Murray. “First male player, that’s for sure.”
While the reporter tried to laugh off his error, the stone-faced Scotsman stared back at him, clearly unamused.
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Since 2009, American tennis superstar Serena Williams, who ranks as arguably the best tennis player in history, has won 12 major titles. And on Saturday, Venus Williams, Serena’s sister, will compete in the Wimbledon final. Other Americans, including Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys, had also reached the semifinals in recent years.
The fact that the reporter so easily forgot that women also played professional tennis could be construed as a simple mistake, were it not for the reality that male tennis tournament organizers, and even top players, have suggested that they don’t take the women’s game seriously. Andy Murray, who also happens to be the first top male player to hire a female coach, was evidently tired of people refusing to acknowledge the accomplishments of his women counterparts — even if they were Americans.
And while many took to social media to praise Murray for his remarks, perhaps the most touching message of support came from Murray’s mother, Judy.
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