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Abuse in game needs exposed: Judy

By Eleanor Crooks

Judy Murray has urged women tennis players to speak out if they have experienced abuse on tour.

Former Great Britain Fed Cup captain Murray, the mother of Andy and Jamie, said high-profile players should make their voices heard if they are aware of others suffering.

She highlighted player-coach relationships as an area of potential concern, and believes young women are particularly vulnerable. She is certain there are players being mistreated.

Murray said: "I think anybody would tell you that there are examples. Everybody on the circuit would be able to name you something that isn't quite right.

"It's very easy for a young, inexperienced player to be taken advantage of. I would advocate for anybody who has been the victim of abuse in that coaching relationship to speak about it.

"It's really about the women getting to the stage in their life where they feel confident to speak out.

"There should be an independent sports body where players can go where they know someone will listen to them and they know someone will act on it - whether that's emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

"Often you're scared to speak because you think it will prejudice people against you.

"We need the current players to step forward. Use your voice when you've got a voice. It only needs one person to start it off."

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