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 changing into one of the vital first main males’s tennis avid 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 run generations.”
Labour MP Jess Phillips summed it up in her tweet: “Nice participant, customary bloke, and easiest of all informal feminist.”
What made him talk out?
The Scot raised eyebrows when he appointed a lady, Amelie Mauresmo, as his trainer in 2014.
It was once a transfer that led to sexist feedback from many quarters, together with fellow avid gamers, and Murray says it became him into an outspoken feminist.
“Running with Amelie was once, for me, as a result of she was once the proper individual for the process, and now not a query of her intercourse in any respect,” he wrote in a BBC column.
“On the other hand, it turned into 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 talk out about that.”
Murray mentioned he had by no means got down to be a spokesperson for ladies’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 into a feminist? Neatly, 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 ladies?
The 31-year-old has spoken candidly about feminine tennis avid gamers deserving to get equivalent prize cash, pronouncing they sacrifice up to males.
“Somebody 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 mentioned.
He additionally joined Venus Williams in calling for extra ladies’s suits on Wimbledon’s Centre Court docket – after critics complained upper choice of males’s suits had been being selected for the display courts.
“I feel preferably you possibly can have two males’s and two ladies’s [matches] on Centre,” he mentioned.
And the BBC web site felt Murray’s wrath when it failed to provide Katarina Johnson-Thompson a distinguished hanging following her gold within the pentathlon on the Eu International Indoor Championships.
He has additionally challenged reporters who’ve forgotten the achievements of feminine tennis avid gamers.
When praised by way of BBC presenter John Inverdale for changing into the primary individual to win two Olympic gold medals for tennis in 2016, Murray responded: “Venus and Serena [Williams] have received 4 each and every.”
He was once at it once more the next 12 months at Wimbledon, when he interrupted a reporter in his press convention after dropping to American Sam Querrey.
The journalist was once halfway thru asking a query, pronouncing to Murray: “Sam is the primary US participant to succeed in a significant semi-final since 2009…” to which Murray mentioned: “Male participant.”
“I urge your pardon?” the journalist answered. “Male participant,” Murray reiterated.
Serena Williams, one of the vital US avid gamers whose achievements have been disregarded by way of the journalist, mentioned his reaction was once one of the vital causes he was once “cherished” by way of the feminine avid gamers.
She instructed ESPN on the time: “I don’t believe there is a girl participant – and there actually should not be a feminine athlete – that’s not utterly supportive of Andy Murray.
“He has spoken up for ladies’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 mentioned there have been many examples of when Murray had stood up for ladies’s tennis – and girls basically.
“I feel he is grown up with a actually sturdy feminine position type together with his mum and now his spouse may be a powerful personality, so he’s surrounded by way of nice, sturdy ladies,” she mentioned.
“He has put that thru in the way in which he has voiced his evaluations 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 mentioned he have been a “huge suggest” for ladies’s tennis.
She mentioned: “I do know within the locker room every time we pay attention him stick up for us, we are like, ‘Yeah, cross Andy!'”
Some other participant, German Andrea Petkovic, mentioned: “He was once all the time my favorite, and I feel it’s going to be an enormous loss for tennis basically, but in addition for the WTA (Ladies’s Tennis Affiliation).
“As a result of even these days, whilst you assume the whole thing is equivalent, you continue to want males, particularly a hit males, to talk up for ladies.”
US tennis journalist Courtney Nguyen mentioned many ladies within the press pack discovered him in particular supportive.
Marketing campaign workforce Ladies in Game 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”.