Scottish tennis champ Andy Murray may have lost Wednesday morning in the Wimbledon quarter finals to American Sam Querrey, but he won major points for sticking up for female tennis players.
During a post-match interview, a reporter stated that Sam Querrey was the first U.S. player to reach a major semi-final. However, Murray was quick to remind the reporter that Querrey isn’t, in fact, the first American player to reach the semi-final of a slam since 2009. He interjected “male player” to clarify that the achievement has been reached by women. Serena Williams ring any bells?
Q: “Andy, Sam is the first American player to reach the semi-final of a Slam since 2009…”
Murray: “Male player.”
— Svenja Mastroberardi (@svenja_mastro) July 12, 2017
Murray’s response prompted hand-clapping around the internet.
We can thank Murray’s mom for raising her son properly.
This isn’t the first time Murray has had to remind sexist reporters that female players also exist. Back at the 2016 Olympics, Murray had to correct another reporter who credited Murray as the first person to win two tennis golds at the Olympics. Murray was quick to point out the Williams sister had won four each.
News headlines Wednesday made sure to highlight the word “male” after the interview, unless they wanted to feel the subtle, but much-needed wrath of Murray.