The Associated PressMELBOURNE (AP) — Billie Jean King thinks one of the main venues at the Australian Open should be renamed because of Margaret Court’s comments about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
King, a trailblazer for equality and diversity in tennis, said she had initially been a proponent of having Margaret Court Arena named in 2003 in recognition of the 24-time Grand Slam singles winner’s contribution to the sport.
“I was fine until lately when she said so many derogatory things about my community — I’m a gay woman — about the LBGTIQ community,” King said at a news conference Friday. “That really went deep in my heart and soul. I personally don’t think she should have [her name on the stadium] anymore.”
King is attending the tourney for the first time in eight years, marking the 50th anniversary of her win over Court for the Australian title.