Briton Andy Murray, said he was in favor of the ‘Margaret Court Arena’, one of the main courts of the Australian Open in Melbourne, to be renamed.
Indeed, the former Australian champion has ‘offended’ ‘many people’ by her controversial remarks on apartheid or homosexuality.
The Scotsman, a former world No.1, fell beyond 100th place after hip surgeries that prompted him to announce his retirement in early 2019 before reversing his decision, told Pridelife.com that he did not think that ‘the values (of Margaret Court, editor’s note) are those that tennis defends’.
Margaret Court, 77, holds the all-time Grand Slam title record with 24 trophies. Now a Pentecostal pastor in Perth, Australia, she came under heavy criticism for praising the apartheid system in South Africa, saying ‘tennis is full of lesbians’ and transgender children are ‘the work of the devil’.
“She has clearly offended and upset a number of people for years,” added the five-time Australian Open finalist, who called it “positive” that several players have spoken on the subject.
Asked about the possibility of a name change for the court, Murray said he was in favor: ‘I think this is something the sport should consider’.
‘When you get to the Australian Open you want to focus on your tennis. And the opinions expressed by Ms. Court prevent you from doing so, ‘said the Briton, winner of three Grand Slam titles.
In January, to commemorate the 50 years of his Grand Slam in singles, a year after having celebrated with great pomp that of Rod Laver (in 1969), Melbourne had given him an icy welcome.
The two American tennis glories Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe then pleaded for the ‘Margaret Court Arena’ to be renamed ‘Evonne Goolagong Arena’, named after the first Aboriginal to have won a ‘Major’.