Judy Murray has applauded Pam Shriver for coming out and speaking out about a traumatic experience, hoping it will lead to positive change. This week, Ms Shriver told The Telegraph about an “inappropriate and damaging relationship with her much older trainer”.
Shriver was 17 years old when she began her relationship with trainer Don Candy. Candy, who passed away in 2020, was 50 years old when she began the relationship with Shriver. “It was brilliant to read Pam’s story,” Murray told Telegraph Sport, “which was beautifully written and communicated.
I also applaud Steve Simon for saying that coaches will have to go through an educational program. A lot of time has passed”
Murray witnessed the chilling scene.
Murray once witnessed a tennis coach pin a 13-year-old girl by the neck against the back outside wall of a tennis court.
Murray reported this to the referee, but the referee said there was nothing he could do because the coach who did it was also the 13-year-old’s father. “It’s important to combine that with a safe and secure reporting system,” Murray added.
“It’s one of the biggest issues. Who do you turn to? I once exposed a parent-coach who held a junior player, a 13-year-old girl, by her neck against the back outside wall of a tennis court at an event. important. .
The referee said he couldn’t do anything because he was the father. It is essential that if we see, hear or experience any type of abuse – physical, financial, emotional or verbal – that there is a safe and reliable way to report it and the peace of mind that it will be addressed and not swept under the rug.
What encourages me is that more and more athletes are finding the confidence to speak up and share their experiences in an effort to make the sports environment safer for women and girls.”