Sexism is so blatantly common in day to day lives that individuals treat it as a norm. But Andy Murray refuses to take it lightly, however casual or innocuous it might be. World No. 1 men’s tennis player from Britain after facing defeat at the hands of Sam Querry in Wimbledon 2017 Quarter-final corrected a reporter’s casual sexism. At the post-match conference, the journalist asked about Sam Querrey ‘becoming the first American to reach a grand slam semi-final since 2009’, to which Murray stylishly said, ‘Male player.’ He obviously shut down the sexism and ignorance on the reporter’s part as the female tennis superstar, Serena Williams of America has won five Wimbledon titles since 2009. Andy Murray’s gorgeous correction has got the Twitterati falling head over heels in love with him worldwide.
In a major upset, British player Andy Murray lost to Sam Querry, ranked 60 in the world. Playing for the place in last four, Sam outlasted his higher-ranked opponent grappled with a hip injury. The match went on for five sets, with Murray losing 3-6 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 6-1 to the American 24th seed at the All England Club. Despite the tough day on the court, the Briton was in no mood to allow sexist question at the post-match conference. After all, he is not new to shutting down sexism in the past.
The journalist started the Q&A session by referring to Sam Querrey as the “first US player” to reach a grand slam semi-final since 2009. To this Andy Murray casually pointed out saying, “Male player.” The journalist who sounded perplexed at not understanding the reference drawn by the star player responded, “I beg your pardon.”
Andy Murray may have lost, but nothing was getting past him in the press conference room… . #wimbledon #tennis #sport
Murray continued to tutor him by repeating himself – Male Player, after which the reported realized his folly as post conference room burst into small laughter and murmurs. His epic shut down soon went viral on the social media with Twitterati hailing the ‘Feminist’ player. Take a look at some of the reactions for Amazing Andy Murray, with the best one coming from his mom and tennis coach, Judy Murray.
1. Much To His Mother’s Delight
2. A Beautiful Manner To Remind
3. A Class Apart
4. A Note To Everyone Indulged in Casual Sexism
5. Meanwhile, This Is US, RIGHT NOW!!
Indeed Sam Querry with his remarkable win over Andy Murray at Wimbledon 2017 quarters became the first American since 2009 to reach last four of a major. But the American women brigade led by the great Serena Williams has been winning on a phenomenal run at all the grand slams. She owns the highest number of major titles, 23 in singles and 39 overall. Her dominance on tour is unthinkable, but still, such silly sexism like in the above case is done.
It was not the first time when Andy Murray has stood up for Serena Williams and gender equality in general. In 2016, BBC reporter, John Inverdale told Murray that he was the first Tennis player to win two Olympic Gold medals. To this, the English player pointed out saying that, Serena and Venus Williams both have won 4 Olympic medals. It is remarkable to see a player of his stature normalize gender equality and not tolerate sexism is truly heartwarming. The player had made quite a buzz when he hired former women’s number one, Amélie Mauresmo in 2016.