In the world of professional sports and athletics, it’s somewhat rarifying for female athletes to receive their due diligence — which is why it’s so refreshing to see a male athlete making a concerted effort to give his female peers credit for their achievements.
British tennis player and world No. 1 in men’s singles, Andy Murray, recently bowed out of Wimbledon (a tournament he had previously won) in the quarter-finals match on Wednesday. During the following press conference, he made it clear that he wasn’t here for any casual or accidental sexism.
Murray, who lost the match the Sam Querrey of the United States, sat and listened while a reporter remarked that “Sam is the first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009.” It was then that Murray chose to speak up and not-so-subtly correct the reporter.
“Male player,” Murray interjected.
“I beg your pardon?” the reporter responded.
“Male player, right?” Murray asked.
“Yes, first male player. That’s for sure,” the reporter chuckled nervously.
Because, in case anyone has forgotten, Venus and Serena Williams exist, and have most certainly won dozens of Grand Slam titles between the two of them.