Andy Murray lost his quarterfinal match at Wimbledon against American Sam Querrey on Wednesday, ending his hopes of achieving a third championship on the All England Club’s courts. Yet despite his fairly depressing and anticlimactic loss, a five-setter in which he was visibly in pain due to a hip injury, Murray wasn’t about to leave his home tournament without one last entertaining press conference.
During the presser, a reporter innocently commented that Querrey was the first American player to make a major semifinal since Andy Roddick in 2009 (we all know how that turned out), which would be an accurate statement if the reporter had thought to include the word “male” in that sentence (Venus Williams punched her ticket to a semifinal berth just yesterday). Unfortunately, he did not. Fortunately, Andy put on his best withering disdain face and replied in a very Murray fashion.
The resulting exchange was immensely satisfying and at this point is one of the best moments to come out of the fortnight.
Andy’s complete annoyance at the reporter makes the video clip of the question and answer even better.
He even made his mom proud, which is always lovely to see.
While it’s great to see Andy push for equality when comments like this arise, it’s also not his job to constantly correct people and remind them that the sport has an entire women’s tour as well. It’s increasingly frustrating when year after year one of the game’s top players and ambassadors has to spend his time enlightening the commentariat.
Back in 2015, Murray proclaimed himself a feminist after months of unfair criticism being directed at his then-coach Amelie Mauresmo. Last August, coming off a victorious Olympics in Brazil, Murray corrected the BBC’s John Inverdale when he erroneously claimed he was the first player to win two gold medals in tennis. Each Williams sister has four gold medals in tennis between singles and doubles, putting them far ahead of Murray’s count.
As recently as this week at Wimbledon, Murray spoke up about the inherent sexism of the All England Club scheduling two men’s matches and only one women’s match on both Centre Court and Court 1 each day, thus bumping often-compelling matches to less prestigious courts for no reason at all other than casual sexism.
Good on Andy Murray for always making sure to correct wrongs such as this and strive for equality in his public comments, but it’s 2017 and this shouldn’t be an ongoing issue anymore.