Following Andy Murray’s announcement that he’ll retire this 12 months, many distinguished ladies – outside and inside of tennis – have praised him for taking a number one position in combating sexism.
From calling out reporters, to turning into one of the most first main males’s tennis gamers to make use of a feminine trainer, he has hit the headlines on a lot of events.
US tennis legend Billie Jean King tweeted: “Your voice for equality will encourage long term generations.”
Labour MP Jess Phillips summed it up in her tweet: “Nice participant, commonplace bloke, and best possible of all informal feminist.”
What made him discuss out?
The Scot raised eyebrows when he appointed a lady, Amelie Mauresmo, as his trainer in 2014.
It used to be a transfer that led to sexist feedback from many quarters, together with fellow gamers, and Murray says it grew to become him into an outspoken feminist.
“Operating with Amelie used to be, for me, as a result of she used to be the precise individual for the process, and now not a query of her intercourse in any respect,” he wrote in a BBC column.
“Alternatively, it was transparent to me that she wasn’t all the time handled the similar as males in equivalent jobs, and so I felt I needed to discuss out about that.”
Murray stated he had by no means got down to be a spokesperson for girls’s equality.
However he felt Mauresmo confronted unfair grievance for his losses – one thing that his earlier male coaches hadn’t skilled.
In a column for French newspaper L’Equipe, he wrote: “Have I turn out to be a feminist? Smartly, if being a feminist is ready combating in order that a lady is handled like a person then sure, I guess I’ve.”
How else has he stood up for girls?
The 31-year-old has spoken candidly about feminine tennis gamers deserving to get equivalent prize cash, announcing they sacrifice up to males.
“Someone who has spent any time with any of the highest ladies will know that they make those self same sacrifices and are as decided and dedicated to profitable as any of the highest males at the excursion,” he stated.
He additionally joined Venus Williams in calling for extra ladies’s fits on Wimbledon’s Centre Courtroom – after critics complained upper selection of males’s fits had been being selected for the display courts.
“I feel preferably you could have two males’s and two ladies’s [matches] on Centre,” he stated.
And the BBC web site felt Murray’s wrath when it failed to offer Katarina Johnson-Thompson a distinguished hanging following her gold within the pentathlon on the Ecu International Indoor Championships.
He has additionally challenged reporters who’ve forgotten the achievements of feminine tennis gamers.
When praised via BBC presenter John Inverdale for turning into the primary individual to win two Olympic gold medals for tennis in 2016, Murray spoke back: “Venus and Serena [Williams] have gained 4 every.”
He used to be at it once more the next 12 months at Wimbledon, when he interrupted a reporter in his press convention after shedding to American Sam Querrey.
The journalist used to be halfway via asking a query, announcing to Murray: “Sam is the primary US participant to achieve a big semi-final since 2009…” to which Murray stated: “Male participant.”
“I urge your pardon?” the journalist spoke back. “Male participant,” Murray reiterated.
Serena Williams, one of the most US gamers whose achievements were disregarded via the journalist, stated his reaction used to be one of the most causes he used to be “cherished” via the feminine gamers.
She instructed ESPN on the time: “I do not believe there is a lady participant – and there in point of fact should not be a feminine athlete – that isn’t utterly supportive of Andy Murray.
“He has spoken up for girls’s problems and girls’s rights, particularly in tennis, without end and he does it once more.”
Who else is within the Murray fan membership?
British primary Johanna Konta stated there were many examples of when Murray had stood up for girls’s tennis – and girls usually.
“I feel he is grown up with a in point of fact robust feminine position type together with his mum and now his spouse could also be a powerful persona, so he’s surrounded via nice, robust ladies,” she stated.
“He has put that via in the way in which he has voiced his critiques and the way in which he has tackled some questions and problems that experience arisen, and I feel everyone has all the time been very appreciative of him.”
Former US Open champion Samantha Stosur additionally stated he were a “large recommend” for girls’s tennis.
She stated: “I do know within the locker room on every occasion we pay attention him stick up for us, we are like, ‘Yeah, cross Andy!'”
Every other participant, German Andrea Petkovic, stated: “He used to be all the time my favorite, and I feel it is going to be an enormous loss for tennis usually, but additionally for the WTA (Ladies’s Tennis Affiliation).
“As a result of even this present day, whilst you assume the entirety is equivalent, you continue to want males, particularly a hit males, to talk up for girls.”
US tennis journalist Courtney Nguyen stated many ladies within the press pack discovered him in particular supportive.
Marketing campaign workforce Ladies in Recreation thanked him for “combating for gender equality”.
And Scotland’s first Minister Nicola Sturgeon described him as “an impressive position type and inspiration for younger other folks in all places”.