Stosur says players could boycott Margaret Court Arena

Posted May 31, 2017

Court, a 74-year-old senior pastor at Perth's Victory Life Church and critic of homosexuality and same-sex marriage for decades, said in the letter she had proudly promoted Qantas during her days "of never losing a tennis match while playing for my country".

"I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same sex marriage", Ms Court said in a letter to the editor published in The West Australian on Thursday.

[But] if something was to be done, I think it would be a lot more beneficial to do it before the tournament starts. "Shame on you. Maybe it's time to change the name of Margaret Court Arena then.".

While gay Dutch professional Richel Hogenkamp is the only elite player on record as saying there should be a name change, Australia's stars competing at the French Open in Paris are strongly united in disagreeing with Court's views.

Meanwhile, nine-time Wimbledon victor Martina Navratilova weighed into the debate on Twitter, with the retired star delivering a carefully-aimed jibe towards Court suggesting it is time to rename Melbourne's iconic Margaret Court Arena in the wake of the furore.

The venue was originally called Show Court One when it opened in 1988 before it was renamed in 2003 in tribute to the multiple Grand Slam victor.

Dellacqua - who has two children in an openly gay relationship with former touch football champion Amanda Judd - has received nearly 8000 retweets of her post: "Margaret".

Stosur added further fuel to the fire and went on to say that Australia should legalise same-sex marriage.

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"I love all people and will be pleased to talk to your board at any time", she wrote Thursday.

There have been suggestions that some players may even refuse to play in the stadium at the 2018 Australian Open if the Court name is not removed.

Australian world number 142 John Millman, who lost in the first round at Roland Garros, said Court's comments were "a little bit inappropriate" but everyone was entitled to their opinion. And one of the twitterati Phil Branagan, made an interesting point: "Using the same logic, Ms Court will surely understand if one was to boycott the stadium named in her honour due to her social intolerance".

"But, yeah, I would imagine a lot of the players would be pretty offended by that".

"I'm all for any type of relationships".

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

"But it was still definitely a very quick turnaround given the length and the toughness of the match I played against Dasha [Gavrilova] just on Saturday".