Tennis’ Andy Murray Corrects Sexist Slip by Reporter at Wimbledon

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At a press conference following his defeat in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, Scottish tennis player Andy Murray corrected one journalist’s question with just two words.

The Q&A moment, which followed Murray’s loss in five sets against American Sam Querrey, came about when the journalist asked him about the fact that Querrey is the first U.S. tennis player to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam since 2009.

“Male player” Murray corrected.

“I beg your pardon?,” answered the surprised reporter, to which Murray added “Male player, right.”

It quickly became obvious the tennis player was correcting the reporter’s slip, because in fact women tennis players had achieved that accomplishment since 2009.

Serena Williams has won 12 Grand Slams during those years, while her sister Venus has also reached the semifinals and finals on more than one occasion.

Even Madison Keys and Coco Vandeweghe have managed to be in the top four in one of the four major tournaments on the calendar.

The First Minister of his home country of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, praised Murray’s response in more than one Twitter post, including one where she wrote: “What a star @andy_murray is – on and off the court.”

His mother also used Twitter to praise him, exclaiming “That’s my boy.” accompanied by a heart.


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