Words: Steve Brown
Tennis legend Margaret Court thinks she should be honoured on the 50th anniversary of her Grand Slam despite having homophobic views.
Court, who retired from professional tennis in 1977, holds the record for Grand Slam titles, with 24 and won the Grand Slam back in 1970 and next year marks the 50th anniversary of her win.
However, Court became a Pentecostal minister in the early 1990s and has since been a vocal critic of LGBTQ rights and has made a series of anti-LGBT+ comments.
She said that gay people are ‘after’ Australia’s youth, as well as saying that women’s tennis is now full of lesbians.
She also expressed revulsion for parents who support children who wish to explore their gender identity.
And now, while speaking to Sky News, the Australian tennis player thinks she should be honoured on the 50th anniversary despite continuing to follow her anti-LGBTQ stance.
She said:“I think I should just be treated well, that’s all.
“I treat everybody equally but I said what the Bible said, and being Christian, I got in trouble for that.
“There’s been things that have been said and happened since, but I still love my nation and represent my nation so I think I should be honoured.”
Following her homophobia comments, there has been a call for the Margaret Court Arena to be renamed and has been backed by former world number one Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.