Murray Warns Just Stop Oil Protesters Despite 'Agreeing With the Cause'

Murray Warns Just Stop Oil Protesters Despite 'Agreeing With the Cause'

by Zachary Wimer

Andy Murray has warned Just Stop Oil protesters ahead of the 2023 Wimbledon, which may see some interruptions.

Starting on July 3rd, 2023, the 2023 Wimbledon Championships will be as always one of the most-watched sports events of the year. Therefore, it was not a surprise when Just Stop Oil activists threatened the tournament organizers with a possible protest.

The All England Club tried to increase the safety standards to prevent something similar from happening, but it's still a possibility. When talking about possible protests, Andy Murray admitted that there's a chance of something happening.

"I think there is probably a good chance of something happening. I am not sure how many times I have had somebody run on the court when I am actually playing. It may have been once but I am not sure it has been more than that."

The Brit spoke with discernible note of caution that transcends his personal concerns. Murray is drawing attention to an unspoken issue in tennis - the vulnerability of players in an environment where spectators and protestors can come dangerously close.

"I was talking about it with my family the other day. I don’t know, if somebody ran onto the court and came towards you, what your reaction would be to that because you don’t know who it is or what they are doing or why they are doing it."

In essence, the court should not be the arena for expressing socio-political concerns, particularly in ways that may jeopardize the players' safety or disrupt the game. Therefore, it's not surprising that Murray warned the protesters, saying players have rackets in their hands.

"I don’t know if they would attach themselves to the net or throw something onto the court – they have to be a bit careful going too near to tennis players who have obviously got rackets in their hands!"

Murray is not dismissive of the protestors' objective. In fact, he agrees with their cause. His dissent is not with the core intent but with the chosen method of expression. Drawing from the unpredictable event that sparked this discourse, Murray suggests alternative routes for activism, a safer course that would neither endanger the athletes nor disrupt the flow of the game.

"I would imagine probably something would happen here. I mean, I agree with the cause – just not always how they go about expressing it. Rather than running on the court, maybe they could do it a different way. I didn’t see what Jonny Bairstow did, but it could be dangerous."

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