|Australian Open - Icy Embrace of Homophobic Margaret Court|
by Redaktie in General , 24 March 2020
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From a celebrated tennis champion to maligned oracle: Margaret Court has travelled that route in more than half a century. The 77-year-old former Australian tennis player was honoured for an exceptional sporting achievement.
Fifty years ago she was the first woman ever to win all four Grand Slam tournaments throughout the calendar year.
The Australian tennis federation does not want to honour Margaret Court in Melbourne as a sports hero, but only to recognize her merits as a player.
"An important distinction," the federation stated in a press release that explicitly distanced itself from the Christian ideology of the former champion.
Mrs. Court has made herself unpopular because of her denouncement of homosexuality. She opposes same-sex marriage and believes that gay rights are "the work of the devil."
Her homophobic views are not appreciated in women's tennis, which has become one of the most popular and most commercially successful sports under the leadership of many prominent lesbian former champions. Billie-Jean King, Martina Navratilova and many others, including the Dutch Betty Stöve, have successfully fought for equal rights, including equal payment.
These American former champions vilify the homophobic views of their former opponent, who in her heyday was a modest player and shy of publicity, but became a pastor at a later age.
King stated she would never play at the stadium that has been named after Court (2003). It is the main Melbourne tennis court after the Rod Laver Arena.
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