Stosur says players could boycott Margaret Court stadium

Terrell Bush
May 31, 2017

Australian tennis great Margaret Court earned 24 singles Grand Slam titles, the standing record in women's tennis, during her career in the 1960s and '70s, but less illustrious is her almost as long-standing opposition to LGBT rights.

She sparked more controversy last week after saying she would boycott the Australian airline Qantas because of chief executive Alan Joyce's support for same-sex union.

[But] if something was to be done, I think it would be a lot more beneficial to do it before the tournament starts. "Does Melbourne Park really want to have an arena named after someone who stands so firmly against such inclusiveness, who is becoming a byword for bigot?"

Former tennis great and now Christian pastor Margaret Court says she will stop using Qantas "where possible" in protest over the Australian airline's promotion of same-sex marriage.

"That's why I wanted to support my friend and that's why I sent out my first tweet in a very long time", added Stosur. Expressing the view that marriage should be between a man and a woman - a view that was universally held a generation ago, and is still enshrined in Australian law - is now deemed a thoughtcrime.

"And look, it's just not something that I agree with".

"Whatever people think of her opinion on gay marriage, she is one of the all time greats and the arena celebrates that", Prime Minister Turnbull told 3AW.

Naratilova was supported by fellow tennis great Billie Jean King, who is also gay, after both had been critical of Mrs Court's views on homosexuality in the past.

That led to some players, including Martina Navratilova, demanding that the Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park be renamed while others, like Sam Stosur, are calling for players to boycott the arena at the next Australian Open.

Court said she had earned the right to have a stadium named after her.

On Monday, Court said she was the victim of "bullying" because of her belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

All the anger and energy expelled towards her should instead be directed at our politicians for failing to represent the views of the majority of Australians and introducing same-sex marriage.

"I've seen the way Casey is parenting and her two kids are unbelievable".

"Frankly, the discussion around marriage for same-sex couples has descended into a kind of national silliness where people are just taking more and more extreme and absurd positions because they're not actually debating the issue. I don't agree with Margaret's opinion", the Grand Slam champion was quoted as saying after first-round win at the French Open in Paris.

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