Andy Murray, who has taken on the role as the tennis world’s moral crusader, will be pitted on court today against a player he has highlighted over allegations of domestic violence.
The Briton has become the champion of feminist causes and the rights of women players, ignoring the tradition that controversy remains in the locker room. As he nears the end of his career, in which he has twice won Wimbledon as well as the US Open and two Olympic gold medals, he has become increasingly outspoken.
In the third round at the Indian Wells Masters in the California desert he will face Alexander Zverev, 24, the German who has been accused by a former girlfriend of violent abuse. Zverev denies the claim.