Andy Murray and Battle Of The Brits opponents take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter
Andy Murray and his fellow Battle Of The Brits players took the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement this week.
The Battle Of The Brits exhibition tournament, co-organised by the Scot’s brother Jamie Murray, concludes today as Kyle Edmund takes on Dan Evans in the final.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Murray was due to play a third-place play-off match against Cam Norrie, but withdrew to be replaced by James Ward.
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Before his semi-final defeat by Evans, Murray took the knee – as did his opponent and the match’s umpire – and other competitors at the competition have done the same before their ties.
The act shows solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and has been performed by Premier League footballers upon the opening whistle of every match since the English top-flight’s return this month.
It was popularised by NFL star Colin Kaepernick in 2016 and has taken on renewed significance in light of the death of George Floyd last month.
Floyd was an unarmed black American who died in Minnesota after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
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