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Andy Murray Corrects Reporter Who Overlooked Female Tennis Success

'This seems to happen every year'.

12/07/2017 18:26 BST | Updated 13/07/2017 08:47 BST

Andy Murray was quick to set the record straight when correcting a journalist who asked a question that ignored women players following his shock quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon.

The defending Wimbledon champion was dumped out of the tournament on Wednesday when beaten by American player Sam Querrey, and was asked about his opponent in the post-match press conference.

“Andy, Sam is the first American player to reach the semi-final of a Slam since 2009...,” a reporter asked.

“Male player,” Murray replied.

“I beg your pardon?,” the journalist responded, not appearing to understand what the sportsman said.

“Male player,” Murray repeated.

Americans Serena and Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys have all reached Grand Slam semi-finals since 2009. Serena won Wimbledon last year - one of 12 major titles secured in the period - and Venus reached the semis on Tuesday. 

It’s not the first time the Brit has had to make a correction. 

During a post-match interview after Murray won the men’s singles title at last year’s Rio Olympics, the BBC’s John Inverdale remarked that Murray was the first person to win two tennis golds in the sport. But Murray reminded him: “Venus and Serena have won about four each.”

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Andy Murray during a press conference after losing to Sam Querrey on day nine of the Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon led the applause for Murray.