Sport Comment: Margaret Court boycotts Australian Open. Will anyone boycott her arena?

06:51  12 january  2018
06:51  12 january  2018 Source:   MSN

No talk of boycott at Margaret Court Arena

  No talk of boycott at Margaret Court Arena Nick Kyrgios says he will try to "block out" Margaret Court's views on sexuality if he plays on her namesake court at the Australian Open. Margaret Court's controversial views remain a talking point at Melbourne Park but leading players have shied away from suggestions of a boycott at her namesake arena.Tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King on Friday used the occasion of being named Australian Open woman of the year to call for the renaming of Margaret Court Arena.

Will anyone boycott her arena ? The politics of same-sex marriage swirl around 2018’s first Grand Slam. Margaret Court is a great Australian tennis champion and skipping this year’s Australian Open . Loading comments

Margaret Court , an 11-time winner at the Australian Open , will not be in attendance at this year's tournament after deciding to boycott the opening grand slam of the year. Why won't she be there? The 75-year-old opposes Australia 's ruling to allow same

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The comments have led to many tennis professionals, including Australia 's Sam Stosur propose that the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne — originally called Show Court One when it opened in 1988 — undergo a name change or have the Australian Open organisers risk a player boycott .

Margaret Court is a great Australian tennis champion and skipping this year’s Australian Open.

The politics of same-sex marriage swirl around 2018’s first Grand Slam.

It’s been a rocky year for Margaret Court and her religious beliefs. The question for 2018 is whether this year will be particularly bad for her legacy.

The former tennis champion, who has more Grand Slam titles than any other athlete, has taken aim for years at same-sex marriage and homosexuality in general.

Last year she saw her Australia embrace the idea of two men marrying one another.

Even though she overwhelmingly lost the vote in Australia — 62% to 38% — according to legendary tennis commentator Mary Carrillo, Court still thinks she’s in the majority.

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Professional bigot and tennis legend Margaret Court has said she will not attend this year’s Australian Open following her anti-gay comments last year. Now a pastor and anti-gay marriage activist, in May Court wrote a letter to The West Australian to announce that she will be boycotting Qantas due to

British No. 1 Johanna Konta at a press conference ahead of the 2018 Australian Open . Email. print. comment . British No. 1 Johanna Konta will compete at the Margaret Court Arena despite disagreeing with Court 's controversial statements on LGBT issues and same-sex marriage.

“She fears for what she calls a genderless society,” Carrillo told Outsports via phone. Carrillo recently spent some time in Perth with Court and was with her the day the vote totals were announced. “She fears for fatherless generations. And she said she still considers she is the silent majority.” 

Last week Court said publicly that she would not be attending the Australian Open, where she won the ladies singles title 11 times, more than any other player. (Incidentally she lost only one final ever, to Billie Jean King in 1968.)

Margaret Court is a great Australian tennis champion and skipping this year’s Australian Open. © Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Margaret Court is a great Australian tennis champion and skipping this year’s Australian Open. Over the last year, as Court’s anti-gay rhetoric has escalated, some have called for athletes to boycott Margaret Court Arena, which houses the showcase court of the Australian Open.

Yet to date, no player has made any indication of boycotting anything.

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Johanna Konta disagrees with Margaret Court 's views but will not be protesting if she is scheduled to play on Margaret Court Arena . Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King have both said they would refuse to play on the Australian Open 's third biggest court because of Court 's public statements on

Andy Murray fears tennis players trying to boycott Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open would cause scheduling chaos and wants the issue brought to a head sooner rather than later.

“I speak to the players every day but there have been no requests,” said tournament director Craig Tiley.

Court had some choice words about the idea of players boycotting her arena.

“I think that is petty if they do that and it says what’s in their heart,” she said. “I think that’s very childish, but that’s not up to me and it doesn’t affect me.”

It’s hard to believe an athlete would actually refuse to play a match assigned to Margaret Court Arena. It would be a bold move, but the biggest loser in the ordeal might be the athlete, not Court herself.

The better question is what kind of boycott fans could mount. Will enough fans avoid the arena to have any kind of impact? Will there be major protests outside the arena?

Because Australian voters so overwhelmingly rejected Court’s bigotry, it’s a lot easier to dismiss her as a grumpy old gramma.

My guess is if the country had voted to oppose same-sex marriage, there would be hell to pay and Court would pay dearly. Yet because Australian voters so overwhelmingly rejected Court’s bigotry, it’s a lot easier to dismiss her as a grumpy old gramma.

But the Australian Open has just begun, so time will tell.

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