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A. Murray:"There is still a need for many more female coaches in sport generally"

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As part of BBC 100 Women, Andy Murray writes about his hopes for a level playing field in sport.

I’ve never set out to be a spokesperson for women’s equality. My experience of working with Amelie Mauresmo gave me a small insight into attitudes to women in sport and, because it was unusual for a male tennis player to work with a female coach, I am often asked about that.

Working with Amelie was, for me, because she was the right person for the job and not a question of her sex at all. However, it became clear to me that she wasn’t always treated the same as men in similar jobs, and so I felt I had to speak out.

Since then, 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. People often underestimate the amount of work it takes to become a top tennis player. That work ethic is the same whether you are a man or a woman.

Women sports stars make same sacrifices as men

There are hours spent in the gym, on court, in physio, travelling, analysing matches and opponents, talking with your team, managing your body, and of course, making plenty of sacrifices. Anyone who has spent time with any of the top women will know that they make those same sacrifices and are as determined and committed to winning as any of the top men on the tour. When I was asked by the BBC what I thought about girls and boys playing sport together until adolescence, the

answer was fairly straightforward for me: I think it’s a great idea.

I was always encouraged to practice with girls

In tennis we benefit, of course, from having the game of mixed doubles, so men and women, boys and girls, are used to this idea. Some of the most fun I’ve had on court has been when playing mixed doubles – with Heather Watson and
Laura Robson at both the Hopman Cup in Australia and at the Olympics. Although they probably wouldn’t say the same about playing with me! As a youngster growing up in Dunblane, my Mum and Dad would regularly encourage me to practice

against girls at Dunblane Tennis Club. I also used to practice with Svetlana Kuznetsova sometimes when I trained in Barcelona.

The benefits of playing mixed sport

Playing mixed sport has huge benefits like making friendships, building confidence and saving money for schools and clubs. So much at an early age is about ball skills, hand-eye co-ordination and generating a competitive spirit anyway and not about strength and speed, that it would make sense for these skills to be taught to boys and girls alike, at the same time. Having a mother who was as interested and involved in sport as mine was, it has always felt very natural for me that girls should be as engaged in sport as boys.

We need more women coaches in tennis

I now know that’s not the case, and that many girls drop out once they become teenagers. It is something my mum is passionate about changing. She has a programme called Miss-Hits which teaches girls the basics of tennis – currently boys outnumber girls four to one in the sport. She is making progress, but there is still a need for many more female coaches in sport generally, and far more support at the top level, to make any real impact. 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.

Tennis has come a long way in the past 35 years since the US Open first gave equal pay to men and women. And it’s great that all the Slams pay their male and female champions the same. No other sport is doing as much as tennis,

and I’m glad to be part of a sport that is leading the way. Hopefully tennis can put pressure on other sports to do the same.

The London Olympics also provided a great platform for women’s sport in the UK. We had some brilliant role models like Jess Ennis-Hill and Nicola Adams who were normal British girls who achieved greatness and it will be interesting to see whether that did really inspire a generation. We are seeing important strides in other traditionally male-dominated sports – the ICC has worked hard at getting girls to play cricket at an amateur level, and of course, the England ladies winning the Cricket World Cup was huge in terms of publicity for the sport. Football is also moving forwards, and it’s good to see so much women’s football on TV now. In rugby, it was a shame to see the RFU end contracts for the England women’s team in the 15-a-side game – that seems a backward step in a sport that had obviously been growing its female playing base. But hopefully that won’t put women off trying the game if they really want to.

More female role models than ever before

Traditionally male dominated sports have invested significantly in raising the level of play in their top women so that the performances are more attractive to big crowds, column inches and TV coverage. This has happened in recent years in football, hockey, cricket and rugby in particular. Now they are getting much more exposure which is great – if more girls can see women competing at a top level, it will hopefully encourage more girls into sport across the board. In general, I think the future is positive. 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. Things are moving in a positive direction and I am excited about a future in which the playing field might be level for all.

Andy Murray: ?I was always encouraged to practice with girls? - The Scotsman
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Andy always on the barricade for female athletes, good
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While I don't agree with women getting equal pay for doing less, I don't see anything too controversial. Murray's always felt like a loner in the regard that he prefers female coaches. I think it just comes down to preference and the ability to have a good player/coach relationship. This idea that men's tennis is sexist because they prefer coaches whom they can relate to is idiotic.

Also Lendl/Murray was peak.
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Yes, let's have diversity quotas to be more inclusive, goal is 50% male coaches and 50% female, oh wait no let's not, because that's retarded, God, Murray is a loser and a moron, keep your feminist vomit to yourself. dick.

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Obviously, sexism is fundamentally stupid and stupidity is gross.
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We don't need more female coaches, we need more quality coaches regardless of gender.

Fighting for gender over quality isn't right imo. You don't need to be the best tennis player to coach. But you need to have solid level of IQ and good understanding of the game. If a female has those traits then by all means hire her, but if a men is even better, then hire the men. Gender can't make a difference here...
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It is great that there is more movement to have awareness of more female coaches in the sport. That being said, I don't necessarily think they need it. I agree there will be some preconceptions in hiring coaches but you really can't blame if most pros do get male coaches seeing they are the more prominent and not want to risk. I think the best way of doing it is to have grassroots female coaches and hopefully they will prove to develop top players, although there is a case like with Muguruza, who won Wimbledon after being coached by Conchita Martinez, and some say she's better off with her than Sumyk.
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Soooo, did anyone actually read the damn article?

Sexist fucks

14 year old Kuznetsova would destroy any of you giving 15 a game at least

I am glad he is so outspoken about these issues. It is like minorities fighting for equal rights, it is not until white people backed us that shit was able to get done. Just as it takes a man to push forward through this.

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Soooo, did anyone actually read the damn article?

Sexist fucks

14 year old Kuznetsova would destroy any of you giving 15 a game at least

I am glad he is so outspoken about these issues. It is like minorities fighting for equal rights, it is not until white people backed us that shit was able to get done. Just as it takes a man to push forward through this.

Sexism is deeper in society than racism, much deeper.
Imagine thinking like you... what a joke. Looking for problems when there are none.

What if a guy just chooses a guy cause he likes to have a guy around? Is that sexism?

You think there is systematic sexism among tennis coaches? You think men don't dare to hire female coaches cause of possible backlash?

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Imagine thinking like you... what a joke. Looking for problems when there are none.

What if a guy just chooses a guy cause he likes to have a guy around? Is that sexism?

You think there is systematic sexism among tennis coaches? You think men don't dare to hire female coaches cause of possible backlash?

Haha?
Uh, yes? How is that even a question when you have sexist POS telling Murray that next time instead of a woman maybe he should hire a dog?

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They asked him questions and he answered it without saying anything controversial but as expected, MTF predictably whines and throws tantrums
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