There is no denying that when the news broke that Andy Murray had appointed former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach it received a mixed reception.
However, Australian Marinko Matosevic has been less than tactful speaking out on the matter which could potentially be career damaging. He said: “For me I couldn’t do it since I don’t think highly of the women’s game.
“It’s all equal rights these days. Got to be politically correct. So, yeah, someone’s got to give it a go. Won’t be me.”
Tennis has been hailed for being an equal sport, even more so in the last couple of years when the Wimbledon Championships announced that they would offer men and women equal prize money in 2007 for the first time ever.
A breakthrough such as this really made a mark on issues surrounding equality in sport and this latest comment will not settle well amongst critics.
Australian Women's Sport and Recreation Association secretary Janice Crosswhite has already hit back at the player after she said: "You know, they're out of step with their time, and it does show a degree of sexism still, that what men do is always going to be better than what women do."
Unfortunately, the views expressed by the Australian will indefinitely overshadow his triumphant win at Queen's on Tuesday which saw him beat ninth-seed Croatian Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4.
It is clear that although his comments will spark much controversy the consequences will have a more damaging affect on his career.
Despite receiving criticism for the decision Murray has expressed this doesn't bother him and instead he is excited by the potential prospects of the partnership.
However, what is difficult to deal with here is that views such as these are still prevailing in a society which promotes equality between the sexes.
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