Australian tennis champion Marinko Matosevic appears to have misplaced the memo that we’re in the 21st century where women actually leave the home, go to work, and sometimes even coach men at sport too.
Matosevic, who is currently ranked 60 in the world, had some questionable comments to make yesterday about Andy Murray’s decision to hire a female coach.
Murray announced on Sunday that Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, a former No. 1 player and winner of two Grand Slam singles titles, was his new coach after Ivan Lendl quit the position in March.
He joins a line up of other male tennis stars who are coached by women, including Mikhail Kukushkin, coached by his wife, and Denis Istomin, who is coached by his mother.
But Matosevic, according to ABC News, is the first major player to disagree with Murray’s decision to appoint a woman, telling a press conference after his win at the Queen’s Club Aegon Championship in London that he “couldn’t do it”.
“For me, I couldn’t do it since I don’t think that highly of the women’s game,” he said.
“His (Murray’s) mum coached him and she did a great job with him, so we’ll see what happens.”
“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.”
We’re wondering if perhaps he “couldn’t do it” because he probably wouldn’t be able to find a woman willing to put up with such an attitude.