I’M sure everyone has been in front of their TV following the exploits of Wimbledon and in particular our own world No 1 Sir Andy Murray for so many different reasons, his skill, his passion and not least his ability to call out every day sexism!

It occurred to me watching the action this week, that tennis must be the most polite sport, particularly between opponents.

There are always handshakes at the end of the match, waiting to walk off with their opponent, commiserations and cuddles from the winner to the loser, no matter how tense the atmosphere has been on court. Many sports would benefit from adopting this attitude and setting up good examples for their young followers.

Many stars of stage, screen and sport attend Wimbledon and it can be a paradise for the press to get some good coverage of the various celebrities chilling on a ‘day off’.

Yet one report this week, in what perhaps can be described as one of our oldest daily national newspapers, did nothing to chill me.

Sporting a lovely photograph of two of Great Britain’s top athletes attending Wimbledon, who just happen to be married to each and expecting their first baby, the caption stated ‘Cyclist Jason Kenny with his pregnant wife Laura.

Now this is not untrue, it was Jason and Laura Kenny, they are married, and both are top athletes in their chosen sport of cycling, with Jason being joint holder of the highest number of Olympic Golds for a British athlete alongside fellow track cyclist Chris Hoy.

Laura has four Olympic gold medals, having won both the team pursuit and the omnium at the 2012 and 2016 games. She is the most successful female track cyclist in Olympic history and Great Britain’s most successful Olympic female competitor in any sport, yet no mention was made of her role in cycling.

While I am sure she is delighted to be pregnant and both of them are undoubtedly looking forward to the new arrival, I think it is just a little degrading to ignore her achievements and merely focus on her pregnancy, as if that is the only thing she is capable of.

This smacks of everyday sexism and is not acceptable.

BACK to tennis and Judy Murray, a powerhouse for women in sport.

What a busy individual she is, and what a great job she is doing promoting her Miss Hits programme for girls from five to eight years old.

Part of the attraction and success of this campaign, is its focus on ensuring that girls have fun and make friends whilst building up their tennis skills.

This is a great initiative aimed at getting more young girls involved in tennis.

To be fair she does have Bella Backhand and Selena Serve helping her along with a cast of four other characters and of course, we can’t forget Bill the Ball dog!

Set up to appeal to younger girls, the programme taps into the female side of tennis and doesn’t make any apologies for it.

Why is it though that you can’t be sporty and “girly” – why is it thought that you have to make a choice?

Most sportswomen I know scrub up extremely well for a night out, but when at work their focus is on working hard and achieving their personal best. And that is just as it should be.

Another side to Judy is the release of her book ‘Knowing the Score – my family and our tennis story’ and when you read on the first page that, “It was the day I put tennis balls into the tumble dryer that I realised I thought about tennis a little differently” it becomes clear that throughout her involvement in sport, she views things differently.

This is something we should all think of doing. Let’s remove the stuffiness that can be associated with some areas of sport and think, how can we do this differently.

We cannot make progress if we don’t change and evolve, and giving the speed of change generally in society now, it is imperative.

There is always room for change, room for improvement and taking time to look at things differently can be the key to successful change management and can only benefit sport in Scotland.