Sport No talk of boycott at Margaret Court Arena

11:51  13 january  2018
11:51  13 january  2018 Source:   MSN

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  'I suggest Billie Jean check her facts': Barry Court defends wife The husband of Margaret Court has defended his wife against comments made by US tennis legend Billie Jean King on Saturday, echoing calls to rename Margaret Court Arena because of her controversial comments on same-sex marriage. Margaret Court, a fierce opponent of same-sex marriage, has received backlash over a number of her comments.Last year she announced she would boycott Qantas, following chief executive Alan Joyce's support for same-sex marriage.In an interview on Vision Christian Radio last year, she said transgender tendencies in children were "all the devil".

ONE of Australia’s biggest music promoters has added his voice to calls for Margaret Court Arena to be renamed in the wake of her Qantas boycott . “I love all people and will be pleased to talk to your board at any time,” she wrote.

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.

Nick Kyrgios says he will try to © Reuters/Peter Thomas 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.

Court, a fundamentalist Christian, has targeted same-sex parents - including Australian player Casey Dellacqua - and has argued for conversion therapy for gay people.

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Advancing at the French Open, Samantha Stosur hints that players may try to boycott Margaret Court Arena at next year's Australian Open over the tennis legend's public opposition to same-sex marriage.

Martina Navratilova has joined calls for Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne to be renamed after the Aussie tennis great said she would boycott Qantas due to the airline's stance on same-sex marriage.

Nick Kyrgios says he will try to © AP Photo/Vincent Thian, 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. King said Court's "derogatory" attacks on sexually diverse people had crossed the line, adding that she would refuse to play on the arena if she was appearing at this year's tournament.

But while King said it was possible the court could be boycotted, there appeared to be little appetite for such a move during Saturday's pre-tournament interviews.

British ninth seed Johanna Konta summed up the mood when she noted that it was up to tournament officials to decide who plays where.

"In terms of scheduling, I will play wherever I'm scheduled," she said.

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

  Comment: Margaret Court boycotts Australian Open. Will anyone boycott her arena? Margaret Court is a great Australian tennis champion and skipping this year’s Australian Open. Margaret Court is a great Australian tennis champion and skipping this year’s Australian Open.

Billie Jean King believes the name of Margaret Court Arena should be changed and said she would The possibility of a boycott was raised if the name was not changed, although tournament director "When she talked about transgender people being children of the devil, that really put me over the

Billie Jean King has said she would not play on Margaret Court Arena ((Mark Baker/AP). 1 comment. The possibility of a boycott was raised if the name was not changed, although tournament director Craig Tiley said players have not communicated any such intentions to him.

"That's out of my control. I will look to be prepared for whatever court I'm playing on.

"I don't agree with what Margaret Court said. However, she's entitled to her own opinion. But again ... it's a tournament decision where they put me."

Former Australian Open champions Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka both indicated the issue wasn't on their radar, while Nick Kyrgios said he would try to "block out" Court's personal views.

"I guess you got to take it just as how she was as a tennis player," Kyrgios said.

"Obviously, definitely I am okay with same-sex marriage, all that sort of stuff.

"For me, I mean, you got to just try to block it out. It's her court because she was a great champion of the game. That's all it is, I guess."

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley on Friday said Tennis Australia didn't have a view on the renaming of the arena.

"They're not the views of our organisation ... they're not the views of our sport. We're inclusive, diverse and equal," he said.

The arena is managed by the Melbourne and Olympics Parks Trust under the purview of the Victorian Government.

King had previously been a supporter of Margaret Court's name remaining on the arena but has now said she can no longer turn a blind eye to the former tennis star's current views.

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