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Margaret Court demands that she be honoured at AO 2020 for CYGS

Margaret Court’s demand puts Tennis Australia in a sticky situation

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November 7, 2019 1:02PM
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The Australian tennis summer is again facing controversy over all-time great Margaret Court after she called on Tennis Australia to celebrate her grand slam 50th anniversary.

Court wants the same recognition that was afforded to Rod Laver’s 1969 grand slam anniversary at the Australian Open earlier this year, and says she won’t return to Melbourne Park unless she is formally welcomed back.

Court, who holds the all-time record of 24 grand slam singles titles, has not attended the Australian Open since 2017, when she was heavily criticised after voicing her opposition to same-sex marriage.

That led to calls for her name to be removed from Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park.

“I think Tennis Australia should sit and talk with me (about the anniversary),“ Court told Nine.

“They have never phoned me. Nobody has spoken to me directly about it. I think they would rather not confront it.

“They brought Rod in from America. If they think I’m just going to turn up, I don’t think that is right. I think I should be invited. I would hope they would pay my way to come like they paid for his, and honour me. If they are not going to do that, I don’t really want to come.”

Court insisted that her opinions on same sex marriage should not be a factor.

“I don’t feel any of that should be brought into my tennis career,” she continued.

If they think I’m just going to turn up, I don’t think that is right. I think I should be invited.

“It was a different phase of my life from where I am now and if we are not big enough as a nation and a game to face those challenges there is something wrong.”

Tennis Australia said it was “in the process of working through” how Court’s milestone should be recognised.

“As previously stated, Tennis Australia recognises the tennis achievements of Margaret Court, although her views do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion,” a spokeswoman for Tennis Australia told Nine.

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Re: Margaret Court demands that she be honoured at AO 2020 for CYGS

How about a nice video tribute sans the ye olde homophobe, followed by a renaming ceremony inaugurating Evonne Goolagong Arena?
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Re: Margaret Court demands that she be honoured at AO 2020 for CYGS

24 slams with her cousins is no joke. Laver seems to be everywhere these days, Court in church.


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Re: Margaret Court demands that she be honoured at AO 2020 for CYGS

She's right, she's a former sports woman, not a politician, shouldn't even being listened to. Honor her 50th slam anniversary but don't let her talk.
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I hope they offer to fly her in first class Qantas...
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I hope they offer to fly her in first class Qantas...
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Perhaps Margie can practice what she preaches

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Court wants the same recognition that was afforded to Rod Laver’s 1969 grand slam anniversary at the Australian Open earlier this year, and says she won’t return to Melbourne Park unless she is formally welcomed back.
Is that a promise?

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Court insisted that her opinions on same sex marriage should not be a factor.

“I don’t feel any of that should be brought into my tennis career,” she continued.
Once she directed homophobia at other professional tennis players it became part of her tennis career and legacy.

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Re: Margaret Court demands that she be honoured at AO 2020 for CYGS

I would prefer to see her get ignored but I can’t see that happening. She has made this lose lose for everyone. Hopefully TA make it as low key as possible and don’t let her speak.
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She use her fame and attention she got because of her tennis career against same sex marriage.

But want her tennis career separated from it?

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24 slams with her cousins is no joke. Laver seems to be everywhere these days, Court in church.
I'm imagining them all getting together and throwing a few shrimp on a barbie to celebrate the occasion

It is an accomplishment to achieve the CYGS and win 24 of them and that should be acknowledged in some way. However, any chance of making it a big fanfare was taken away by her and only her. All she had to do was you know, tone down the hate.
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Fair is fair
Politics and professional achievements should be kept separate unless she molested a child.
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Rush her out onto MCA, have some presenter say congratulations on the slams Marg, give her some crappy flowers, and be done with it.
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this woman has no shame


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