Casual sexism is prevailing around us like a summer breeze and we hardly notice its presence. A similar case happened to the British professional tennis player, Andy Murray when he lost to Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals at the All England Club. The journalist concerned in the video started the question referring Querrey as the ‘First US Player’ to reach a major semi-final since 2009. This baffled the ace-tennis player for an instant, owing to the ignorance of the journo towards female tennis players.
In the video, the journalist demonstrated casual sexism by completely disregarding the women tennis players of United States and referring to Querrey as the first US player to reach such a pedestal. Andy took no time to interrupt the reporter to correct him. He repeatedly says ‘Male Player’ to remind the questioner about the women players. That’s how the conversation rolled:
“Male player,” Murray pointed out.
“I beg your pardon,” the reporter responded.
“Male player,” Murray repeated.
There’s no doubt that Sam Querrey is the first male player from US to reach semi finals at a Grand Slam tournament since 2009. Andy Roddick reached Wimbledon final eight years ago while Serena Williams alone has won more than 10 major titles since 2009. Her sister, Venus has been Wimbledon semi-finalist last year, and this year was a finalist at the Australian Open in January.
Not only the William sisters, but CoCo Vandeweghe, Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens also reached major semi-finals since Roddick’s run.
Andy Murray’s mother and a tennis coach, Judy Murray was quite impressed by his son’s gesture. She tweeted: “That’s my boy.”
That's my boy. ❤️ https://t.co/ldZUQ2wbZj— judy murray (@JudyMurray) July 12, 2017
Twitterati explode with compliments for the tennis player after his episode with the journalist.
It’s not the first time that Murray has supported women in Tennis. In 2014, he became the first high-profile player to hire a female coach when coached under Amelie Mauresmo, a two-time Grand Slam Champion. Describing his decision to hire a woman coach, he wrote:
“Have I become a feminist?” Murray wrote on his website. “Well, if being a feminist is about fighting so that a woman is treated like a man then yes, I suppose I have.”
Guardian hailed Andy as ‘The Feminist Tennis Needs’ after he slammed Wimbledon Officials for giving privilege to men’s matches on centre court. To this, Murray said, ““I think ideally you would have two men’s and two women’s on Centre, potentially starting the matches a bit earlier would allow for that,”
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