On Sunday night, Andy Murray made history. Following a lengthy back-and-forth with Juan Martin del Potro – the man responsible for taking down both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in these Olympics – Murray became the first person in Olympic history to win back-to-back gold medals in the tennis singles. Even for someone like Murray, who has a number of world titles to their name, it was an accomplishment worth celebrating.
However, it’s what Murray did after his victory that got everyone talking. When BBC reporter John Inverdale asked him what it was like to be the first person to win two Olympic tennis gold medals, Murray respectfully pointed out that the Williams sisters sort of have that covered with a total of eight Olympic gold medals between them since 2000.
“Well, to defend the singles title,” Murray said. “I think Venus and Serena have won about four each but hadn’t defended a singles title before.”
John Inverdale: you’re 1st person to win 2 Olympic tennis golds! Andy Murray: “Venus and Serena have won four each” pic.twitter.com/R1xU3PVulB
— Mary Mc Intyre (@Mc1988) August 15, 2016
This shouldn’t come as a big surprise seeing as Murray wrote in his blog last year that he became a feminist when he saw how much unfair criticism Amelie Mauresmo, his coach for nearly two years, received from the media and critics. Even so, J.K. Rowling spoke for everyone when she tweeted: “As if we needed more reasons to worship @andy_murray: he just reminded John Inverdale that women are people, too.”