Andy Murray didn’t need to use his latest post-match press conference as an opportunity to advocate on behalf of his female counterparts, but the way he reframed one journo’s simple question did just that. 

Following his shock 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-1 Wimbledon loss to American Sam Querrey, Murray was faced with the seemingly simple statement that his opponent was the first US competitor to reach the semis of a Grand Slam in eight years. 

Murray seized the moment to remind the room that fact isn’t strictly true: Querrey is merely the first male player to do so.

Of course, in an era of women’s tennis that has been absolutely dominated by the Williams sisters, it’s silly to overlook their accomplishments. 
While the context of the journo’s question is pretty easy to interpret, it’s also apparent that Murray – who also serves on the ATP Players Council – is keen to see women’s tennis given the same respect as the men’s competition.
It’s not the first time he’s stepped up like that, either. He name-dropped the Williams sisters back when he was questioned about his Olympic triumph.

As for the response to Murray’s actions? Well, his mum is chuffed, for one.

Solid work from the World #1.

Source and photo: BBC.