When A Reporter Overlooked Women's Accomplishments In Tennis, Andy Murray Had Something To Say

It's not even the first time.

Tennis star Andy Murray lost the Wimbledon quarter finals to Sam Querrey on Wednesday, but he still earned applause from social media for correcting a reporter who overlooked women's accomplishments in the sport.

"Sam is the first U.S. player to reach a major semifinal since 2009," the reporter said during a press conference after the match. 

"Male player," Murray interrupted, and then repeated himself when the reporter asked what he said.

According to ABC News, although Querrey is the first male American player since Andy Roddick to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament, the reporter's generalization ignored the accomplishments of Serena and Venus Williams, as well as other female American players such as Coco Vandeweghe, Madison Keys, and Sloane Stephens.

Social media was quick to praise Murray for calling out the reporter's "casual sexism" and acknowledging women's achievements in his sport. That includes his own mom, who was among those who tweeted their appreciation for the correction, adorably writing, "That's my boy."

The best part of this moment (or the worst, depending on how you look at it) is that this isn't even the first time Murray has had to make such a correction. During the 2016 Olympics, a reporter called Murray the "first person ever" to win two gold medals for tennis.

"I think Venus and Serena have won about four each," Murray was quick to respond.

Murray's support for female tennis players, and his continued insistence that their accomplishments be recognized on an equal footing with their male counterparts, is an important step in making sure women are respected in sports.

Cover image via Instagram

(H/T: Mashable)


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