Andy Murray has thrown his support behind the Black Lives Matter movement in the aftermath of the ‘shocking’ murder of George Floyd.
Murray, the three-time Grand Slam champion from Dunblane, enjoyed a winning return to action on Tuesday – beating compatriot Liam Broady in the Battle of the Brits in his first match since November – and he and his fellow competitors took the knee before matches.
Britain’s finest tennis export has been roundly commended for standing up for his female counterparts and challenging sexism within sport, and he has called for change to get more BAME representation in the upper echelons of tennis governance.
Murray, 33, says he is ‘trying his best to learn and understand’ about the Black Lives Matter movement and the bid to end systemic racism, and remains steadfast in his belief that equal opportunities is a ‘basic human right’ despite that ‘obviously not being the case just now’.
‘Obviously with everything that has gone on over the past few weeks off the back of the George Floyd murder in the States, it was obviously shocking scenes,’ Murray said in a virtual press conference.
‘Like sexism, the same applies to racism – my feelings are the same. Some people see it as being a radical thing, I personally don’t. I just feel everybody should be treated the same, no matter your sex, colour of your skin, background, religion.
‘It’s a pretty basic human right that everyone should be treated exactly the same and given the same opportunities. But I am aware that obviously is not the case just now.
‘I’m trying my best to learn and understand a little bit more about the Black Lives Matter movement and systemic racism, and sport is not free from that either.
‘I saw a study of the board positions across all of the governing bodies across the major sports in England the other day and I think there’s like three out of 139 positions which were taken up by black people.
‘That’s something that obviously needs to change and it’s the same in tennis as well.
‘That’s the way I feel about it and I’m glad all the tennis players were up for doing it [taking a knee] today.’
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