Andy Murray is an ‘inspiration’ in the fight for equality in tennis, says teenage American star Coco Gauff.
Earlier this week, Murray made a statement on Instagram by captioning a comment from former Wimbledon finalist MaliVai Washington which criticised the All England Club for no having BAME (black and minority ethnic) members on the 24-person board.
“Tennis in 2020,” Murray wrote along with a ‘crazy’ emoji.
Wimbledon later moved to appoint former Britain Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong – who was London born but whose parents are from Laos – to their main committee.
Whether that was in response to Murray’s involvement is not clear, but Gauff was impressed regardless.
“Nothing’s wrong with asking for more diversity,” Gauff said following her match at the Ostrava Open regarding Murray’s Instagram post.
“For him to say that is definitely inspiring, especially with him being a man and white.
“For someone like him to call for diversity, it shows how great an ally he is – I love what Andy Murray is doing on and off the court. He’s one of my favourite players to watch.
“It’s important we do have diversity, because there are people from all over the world from different backgrounds and areas and I think representation is important.
“At least for me, as a girl – seeing yourself being represented means a lot.”
On Keothavong, Wimbledon said in a statement to the British press: “The AELTC is delighted that Anne has been nominated by the committee to join the main board.”
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