Tennis star Andy Murray hired a woman to be his new coach and some people are predictably furious about it.
I'm sorry, let me slightly correct my lede: Andy Murray hired a new coach who he feels is the best person for this job based on his own assessment and beliefs and only the worst kinds of jerks are expressing outrage about it. Via ESPN:
Murray hired former top-ranked player Amelie Mauresmo as his coach on Sunday, saying the appointment is initially for the grass-court season. "I'm excited by the possibilities of the new partnership and Amelie is someone I have always looked up to and admired," Murray said in a statement. "She's faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player and won major titles, including Wimbledon."
*GASPS* You mean a top professional athlete hired someone based on their skill and talent and didn't see their gender as a reason to disqualify them from the job? THE HORROR.
Plenty of assholes haaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttted this and used Twitter to have a nuanced discussion of the complexities of gender dynamics in professional athletics, as Buzzfeed helped demonstrate.
Can't believe Andy Murray has appointed a woman as his coach, not impressed
— alan brown (@gonner79) June 8, 2014
WHY would Andy Murray hire a coach that's a woman?!?!?
— James Sophia (@jamessophia_) June 8, 2014
At this point, we expect shitty comments from people on Twitter reacting stupidly to news such as this. But things take an especially shitty turn when people start questioning her femininity.
I thought Andy Murray's new coach was a woman. #AndyMurray
— david hales (@westhamster2) June 8, 2014
Amelie mauresmo to be andy murray's new tennis coach! About sums him up he plays like a woman only she's more man than he'll ever be.
— Paul Kemp (@53pkempy) June 8, 2014
These people might want to keep in mind that Murray was coached by his mom, Judy Murray growing up. So the amount of fucks he probably gives about these dopey people's opinions is exactly ZERO.
"I have a very strong coaching team already in place, but I think Amelie brings with her experience and tactical expertise and will push us all to improve," Murray said. "Everyone I know talks very highly of Amelie, as a person and coach, and I'm convinced that her joining the team will help us push on — I want to win more Grand Slams."
Also, like Buzzfeed, I want to point out that there's also a lot of people who are enthusiastically showing their support for Murray and his decision. Don't worry, the world's not just filled with assholes who can't stand progress.
— RaquelJazzyskies (@jazzyskies) June 9, 2014
Love the fact Andy Murray apppointed a female coach. Doesn't matter what gender you are if you have talent and dedication
— Banu Baarthi (@F1fanatic94) June 9, 2014
@BBCBreakfast does it really matter if andy murray's coach is male/female/3 headed tentacle monster from Mars?
— Ria Drabble (@riainastoria) June 9, 2014
Idk anything about tennis or Andy Murray, but all of you making awful comments about his new FEMALE coach need to keep your mouths shut.
— Danielle Murphy (@danni1414) June 9, 2014
Great that @andy_murray has appointed a new coach.. Onwards he marches :-D oh female.. So? great coach is all that matters :-D
— Brian Winning (@coachbri110) June 8, 2014
Why is it such big news that andy murray has a female coach? Who cares, a coach is a coach, regardless of sex! Congrats #AmelieMauresmo
— kerry (@kezl27) June 8, 2014
Thank you. Faith in humanity restored.
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