Andy Murray made headlines this year for his remarks about women tennis players off court.
Now he’s taking things one step further in an essay written for BBC News, published Monday, where he discusses the future of tennis and the barriers to gender equality that the sport must overcome to get there.
“People often underestimate the amount of work that it takes to become a top tennis player. And that work ethic is the same whether you are a man or a woman,” Murray wrote.
In the essay, the Olympic gold medalist also discusses his experience playing with women throughout his life, mixed doubles, and where tennis stands amongst other professional sports.
“Female sportswomen rarely get as much air-time as men, and there are still not enough women in the top jobs in sport, but things are improving,” he wrote. “No other sport is doing as much as tennis, and it’s great to be part of a sport that is leading the way….Hopefully tennis can put pressure on other sports to do the same.”
Yes it shouldn’t take a man talking about equality for folk to notice but Andy Murray has a platform, & I’m glad he’s using it to speak out.
— Kirsty S (@KirstyStricklan) September 18, 2017
“In general, I think the future is positive,” he said. “We’ve got more female role models than ever before, more female commentators than ever before and more people championing the rights for women in sport than ever before.”
You can read all of Murray’s thoughts here.
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