In an emotional interview, Andy Murray announced he is planning to retire after Wimbledon and that next week’s Australian Open could be the final tournament of his career.
The news is a huge loss for the world of tennis, but while injury may prevent Murray from playing professionally again, we hope he continues to be a prominent voice off the court.
Throughout his career, the tennis star has been a consistent advocate for women’s rights, declaring himself a feminist and using his platform to promote women’s sport. Here are eight of the moments that made him a feminist hero:
1. When He Stood Up For Ada Hegerberg.
When footballer Ada Hegerberg was named the first ever winner of the women’s Ballon d’Or in December 2018, event host DJ Martin Solveig asked her to twerk on stage when she accepted her award. Hegerberg said she wasn’t offended, but that didn’t story Murray posting to his Instagram story about the incident.
“Another example of the ridiculous sexism that still exists in sport,” he said . “Why do women still have to up with that shit? What questions did they ask Mbappe and Modric? I’d imagine something to do with football.
“And to everyone who thinks people are overreacting and it was just a joke… it wasn’t. I’ve been involved in sport my whole life and the level of sexism is unreal.”
2. When He Wrote An Essay About Equality In Sport.
Murray published an essay for the BBC about the importance of gender equality in all sports.
“I have been asked about women’s equality and I would find it hard to look any of the top female tennis players in the eye if I did not speak my mind,” he wrote. “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.
“Anyone who has spent any time with any of the top women will know that they make those same sacrifices and are as determined and committed to winning as…