Andy Murray pushed back on Piers Morgan’s unhinged misogyny this week

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If you’ve been watching Wimbledon for the past week and a half, you’ve probably heard about Emma Raducanu, the 18-year-old British girl who became the sweetheart of the tournament. Emma is ranked outside the top-300 and got into Wimbledon as a wild card. She battled her way through three rounds, impressing the crowds and getting a mountain of hype from the British media. She was scheduled to play her fourth-round match at the end of day on Monday, “prime time” under the lights on the second-biggest show court, with a British audience primed to root for her. During the first set, Emma looked like she was struggling to breathe, and she looked like she was in pain. A trainer was called on court, and Emma ended up leaving the court for treatment. Then the announcement came: she was retiring from the match and she would not be returning to the court.

During the medical timeout, John McEnroe – and other tennis commentators, to be fair – suggested or said outright that the pressure was too much for Raducanu, that she was basically buckling physically from the emotional strain of being so young and so hyped, being the center of attention on a show court at her home Slam. Then there was commentary about the commentary, stuff like “how dare John McEnroe say any of that.” In the end, what happened to Raducanu is still kind of a mystery (although it does sound like a panic attack). This is the statement she released a day after her retirement:

— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) July 6, 2021

So that was the end of that, right? Wrong. Accusations were still being lobbed back and forth and people were attacking each other and taking sides. I wanted to avoid covering Emma because she seems like a really sweet kid. It also seemed like it was way too much too soon. I just wanted everyone to chill out and let her go home to see her parents and a doctor.

But of course irrelevant desperado Piers Morgan decided to make it about how Emma Raducanu is terrible, she has an awful athlete’s mentality and she needs to apologize to John McEnroe. That’s when Sir Andy Murray, feminist and champion of women’s tennis, decided he had time this week. Andy has pushed back on Piers- politely and firmly. He didn’t take Piers’ multiple attempts at baiting him. In doing so, Andy was able to take the heat off Raducanu (Piers is now too busy tweeting at Andy) and Andy is giving space to other men to push back on Piers’ blatant misogyny.

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) July 6, 2021

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) July 7, 2021

— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) July 6, 2021

PS… Andy Roddick got involved too. And then there were all of the tennis people talking about how Piers has spent years being unhinged about the Duchess of Sussex. This week was a perfect overlapping VENN diagram of my gossip interests.

— andyroddick (@andyroddick) July 7, 2021

— andyroddick (@andyroddick) July 8, 2021

Also Piers Morgan: pic.twitter.com/D6vGPDz1Sp

— dave ❄️ 🥕 🧻 (@davemacladd) July 6, 2021

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