Andy Murray puts Inverdale in his place after medal gaffe

‘Venus and Serena have four each.’ Murray tells BBC presenter after he congratulates him

Andy Murray had to correct John Inverdale of the BBC during an interview, saying that he wasn't the first person to win two Olympic tennis gold medals. The Williams sisters have already beaten Murray to that achievement, winning four gold medals each. Video: BBC

 

Andy Murray has put John Inverdale in his place for saying the Scot was the first person to win two Olympic golds for tennis, as the BBC presenter made the latest in a string of on-air gaffes.

Inverdale, interviewing Murray after he defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro to claim his second Olympic gold, said: “You’re the first person to win two gold medals.”

But the Scot shot back: “Venus and Serena [Williams]have won four each.”

Murray said earlier this year he had become a feminist after witnessing first-hand the “criticism and prejudice” his former coach Amelie Mauresmo has endured.

The incident marked the end of a less than vintage weekend of presenting for Inverdale, who has also managed to get off-side with five-time Olympic medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, with whom he is co-presenting coverage of the rowing.

Tension has been brewing between the pair, with Redgrave walking off the set live on-air on Thursday after pulling a face at Inverdale.

The spat continued the following day when Redgrave appeared to deliberately shake a wet umbrella over Inverdale.

After the second incident the BBC moved to deny that Redgrave and Inverdale do not see eye-to-eye, saying that any suggestion that there is an issue between the pair is “simply untrue”.

However, over the weekend their relationship hit a new low with Redgrave interrupting Inverdale interviewing the gold medal winner in the single sculls, New Zealand’s Mahe Drysdale.

Redgrave had stopped Drysdale briefly to congratulate him as he got off his boat, when Inverdale moved in to interview the rower.

The move angered Redgrave, who saw it as a breach of protocol and insisted that New Zealand television should interview Drysdale first.

Inverdale has a long history of sparking controversy.

In 2013, following Marion Bartoli’s victory at Wimbledon, the BBC apologised after Inverdale told Radio 5 Live listeners: “Do you think Bartoli’s dad told her when she was little ‘You’re never going to be a looker? You’ll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight.”

This year Inverdale raised hackles on social media after he likened Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios to a “character from the Jungle Book”.

It is not entirely clear what Inverdale meant by the comment about Kyrgios - the son of a Greek father and a Malaysian mother, who was born in Canberra.

“I think the word is lumber. Nick Kyrgious lumbers off like a character from the Jungle Book,” said Inverdale as the player, beaten in straight sets by Murray, made his exit from Centre Court.

Inverdale apologised after using the phrase “rose-cunted spectacles” in Radio 5 Live’s coverage of last year’s Cheltenham Festival, blaming a “slip of the tongue”.

Guardian