Arabic AR Chinese (Simplified) ZH-CN English EN French FR German DE Japanese JA Portuguese PT Russian RU Spanish ES Ukrainian UK

‘She says children of transgenders are from the devil’: King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed

Latest news

    Billie Jean King beat Margaret Court to win the Australian Open title in 1968

    The Australian Open’s Margaret Court Arena should be renamed because of the 11-time champion’s “derogatory” views on sexuality, says Billie Jean King.

    Court, who holds the record for winning most Grand Slam singles titles at 24, is an opponent of gay marriage.

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

    “I’m a gay woman. If I were playing today, I would not play on it,” King, 74, said on Friday.

    The American, who won 12 major singles titles, said she had originally backed Court to be honoured by the naming of the stadium, but the Australian’s outspoken views in recent years had changed her mind.

    Court, a Pentecostal pastor, has been a regular visitor to the Australian Open in recent years but has chosen to skip the event this month, choosing instead to go crab fishing in her native Western Australia.

    “I was fine until lately when she said so many derogatory things about my community. That really went deep in my heart and soul,” King told a news conference in Melbourne on Friday.

    “I just feel like she’s gotten really derogatory. When she talks about the children of transgenders being from the devil, that put me over the edge.

    “I wish she were here so we could further this discussion.”

    Billie Jean King’s victory at the Australian Open was the fourth of her 12 Grand Slam singles titles

    King added that she would not encourage players to boycott matches, but that she did not believe Court’s name should be on the arena.

    “I think if you were talking about indigenous people, Jews or any other people, I can’t imagine the public would want somebody [with those views] to have their name on something,” she said.

    “Maybe because of our community, the LGBTIQ community, people might feel differently but we’re all God’s children.

    “I probably don’t think it’s appropriate to have her name [on the stadium].”

    Martina Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam champion, told the New York Times on Thursday: “You keep her in the Hall of Fame. That Margaret has definitely homophobic views does not take away those accomplishments, no doubt about that.

    “But you do not name a building after her. Would you be naming a new building after her now? No, there’s no chance.”

    Craig Tiley, Australian Open tournament director and CEO of Tennis Australia, said there were no plans to change the name of the stadium and that Court’s views did not echo those of the organisation or the sport.

    “It’s up to a broader group of people,” he said of any move to rename the stadium.

    “There’s the Trust, the tennis organisation in the facility, the [Victoria State] government who owns and redevelops the venue.

    View the original article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/42659896

    “There’s ongoing conversation but no formal process. We take our leadership and our position from the government.”

    In the same category are

    Bekele to face Farah in ‘mouth-watering’ London Marathon race Bekele was second in the 2017 London MarathonEthiopia's Kenenisa Bekele will race Britain's Mo Farah in the London Marathon in April.Bekele is a trip...
    Wozniacki cruises into Australian Open quarter-finals Wozniacki is bidding for her first Grand Slam titleWorld number two Caroline Wozniacki cruised into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with vi...
    Watford blame Everton as they sack Silva – Gracia expected to be new boss Watch Silva's final MOTD interviewWatford have sacked manager Marco Silva, blaming Everton's approach for the Portuguese in November as the "catalyst...
    Morgan proud of England’s ‘best win to date’ England recorded their seventh successive ODI victoryEngland captain Eoin Morgan described his team's victory over Australia to secure the one-day se...
    ‘You have to believe’ – Edmund says he can win Australian Open Edmund jumps for joy after he reaches the quarter-final. The furthest he has been before this tournament was the fourth round at the US Open in 2016....

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *