Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Billie Jean King fires a volley at old foe Margaret Court

Billie Jean King fires a volley at old foe Margaret Court

King said a series of comments made by Court about the LGBTI community were simply unacceptable. She insists she is not running away from the issue.

British number one and ninth seed Johanna Konta said she was against Court's views but that was as far as she was prepared to go. Her tennis prowess, though, has long ceased to matter.

The US Open champion, Sloane Stephens, a fiesty character, said: "I respect what Billie Jean said,'s up to the tournament".

Does her language matter?

The second show court at Melbourne Park was renamed in the 75-year-old Australian's honour in 2003.

She added: "Most of us, if not all of us, once the schedule is out, we're going out there to play, regardless of what court we're on".

Court had been derogatory about LGBT people before but stepped up her campaign previous year, before the public vote on whether to legalise gay marriage in Australia, including writing a letter to The Western Australian newspaper stating her intention "to use other airlines where possible", after the chief executive of Qantas signalled the company's support for same-sex marriage, and giving a series of radio interviews denouncing LGBT people.

Casey Dellacqua tweet: Margaret.

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"God's got so much in there about the mind how it affects us, affects our emotions, our feelings, you can think 'oh I'm a boy" and it'll affect your emotions and feelings, and everything else and so that's all the Devil, ' she told the.

Tennis hall of famer and WTA founding member Billie Jean King says Margaret Court Arena should be renamed because of Australian tennis great's views on homosexuality. "For players to be in a position where you're in a slam and kind of boycotting playing on the court, I think would potentially cause a lot of issues".

Tennis Australia broke that silence Friday with the announcement of an initiative called #Open4All which would indirectly address Court's vitriol by highlighting the sport's tolerance. Martina Navratilova denounced Court as "a racist and a homophobe" while calling for the court to be renamed. However, she's entitled to her own opinion. She is actively trying to keep LGBT people from getting equal rights (note to Court: we are human beings, too).

Navratilova declared that sporting venues should be named after athletes not only for their athletic prowess but "also for who they are as human beings".

Martina Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam singles victor, wrote an open letter previous year criticizing Court and recommended that tennis officials rename the arena after another Australian great, Evonne Goolagong Cawley.

The 2018 Australian tennis open on Monday, January 15.

Court also criticised Australian player Casey Dellacqua for having two children with her female partner, and her comments led to a threat of a boycott at the third show court in Melbourne that was named after the 24-grand slam victor in 2003. They are not the views of our organization and not the views of our sport. Consider how, even today, the English cricket establishment is lined with figures who went on rebel tours to apartheid South Africa, in return for huge payments by the apartheid regime. But, as a player, you don't decide which court you're going to play.

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