Give That Guy Another Medal


More role-model worthy news coming out of the Olympics, this time in male tennis.

 

According to the Evening Standard, when BBC reporter John Inverdale praised Murray for being the first “person” to win two Olympic medals in tennis, Murray interjected with a gentle reminder that women are people too. 

“You’re the first person ever to win two Olympic tennis gold medals,” Inverdale said. “That’s an extraordinary feat, isn’t it?”

“I think Venus and Serena [Williams] have won about four each,” he said.

Oh dear. Aaawkwaard. The reporter found a way to save a little face, given that Murray is in fact the only person to win two consecutive gold medals in tennis. Of course, that’s not what the reporter meant. Women’s athletics has always been largely ignored, and I love seeing male athletes calling that out.

Comments

  1. blf says

    John Inverdale has a history of saying stooopid things (taken from Andy Murray slaps down John Inverdale’s claim he was first with two tennis golds):

    […]
    Inverdale has a long history of sparking controversy.

    In 2013, following Marion Bartoli’s victory at Wimbledon, the BBC apologised after Inverdale told Radio 5 Live listeners: “Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little ‘You’re never going to be a looker? You’ll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight.”

    This year Inverdale raised hackles on social media after he likened Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios to a “character from the Jungle Book”.
    […]

    More examples at the link.
    Also from the link, “Murray said earlier this year he had become a feminist after witnessing first-hand the ‘criticism and prejudice’ his former coach Amelie Mauresmo has endured.”

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