Gauff surrenders to Andy Murray after asking for more diversity

American Coco Gauff said she was inspired by Andy Murray after the former world No. 1 highlighted the lack of black, Asian and other ethnic minorities on the governing bodies of the Lawn Tennis Association (the British Tennis Federation) and the All England Club.

Murray posted a screenshot on Instagram of an interview in which 1996 Wimbledon finalist MaliVai Washington It highlights that none of the 24 board members of both institutions have a background of black, Asian and other ethnic minorities.

The Scotsman added the text to the image “Tennis in 2020” and a confusing emoji, prompting Gauff to describe Murray as a “great ally” in the fight for diversity.

“There is nothing wrong with asking for more diversity. For him to say that is very inspiring, especially because it comes from a man who is also white, “Gauff said. after her loss to Aryna Sabalenka this Thursday at the Ostrava Open.

“That someone like him asks for diversity shows that he is a great ally. I love what Andy does on and off the court. He is one of my favorite tennis players. It is important that we have diversity. because there are people from all over the world, with different origins and I think representation is important. At least for me, as a child … seeing yourself represented means a lot “

Murray had already drawn attention to the lack of diversity in Britain's sporting institutions and has frequently voiced her support for gender equality in tennis.

Gauff has also earned praise for his activism during the coronavirus pandemic circuit break denouncing the social and racial injustice that exists in the United States.