Last Updated: 07/03/18 11:38pm
Serena Williams is key to helping women’s tennis become stronger, says Judy Murray
Judy Murray has been fighting for women in tennis her whole career and has called on Serena Williams and other top players to follow her lead.
Williams is a vocal advocate of women’s rights and empowering women, but Murray is concerned that the players driving through changes in the sport are male and that the women’s game could be left behind.
From Billie Jean King to Venus Williams, who was a key figure in securing equal prize money at all the grand slams, female players over the past 50 years have not been afraid to get political.
Murray was one of several to voice exasperation last week when plans to radically transform the Davis Cup made no mention of the Fed Cup, a competition in need of reform.
Judy Murray (L) resigned as GB Fed Cup captain in 2016, citing her frustration at the competition’s format
Murray, who was speaking to mark International Women’s Day on March 8, said: “I think it needs more of the top women players to push for change on the women’s side of the game because change is always driven from the top.
“So, if somebody ranked 60 or a Fed Cup captain from a lower zone like myself [calls for change], of course it will have some kind of impact, but it doesn’t drive anything through.
“On the men’s side, if you’ve got Andy and Rafa and Roger and Novak pushing for change, whether that’s Davis Cup or better distribution of the profits from the grand slams, they’re going to sit up and take notice. But we need top women to do the same thing.
Williams gave birth to a baby girl in September (Instagram/serenawilliams)
“Serena, now that she’s had a baby girl, I’m hoping as she comes towards the end of her career that she will use her voice to make things change for women.
“It’s not all about equal prize money, it’s about grassroots opportunities and helping the female game across the world get stronger.”
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