Tennis great Court won't be 'intimidated' on gay marriage stance

Posted May 31, 2017

In a letter to The West Australian newspaper, Court took it upon herself to announce that she will be boycotting major Australian airline Qantas due to its on-the-record support for marriage equality in the country.

"If something was to be done, I think it would be a lot more beneficial to do it before the tournament starts", he said.

Mr Barr said Ms Court was free to hold and express her conservative views but said "equally, those of us who disagree are free to express our views".

Murray issued this response to Court's comments, via The Sun's Dan King: "I don't see why anyone has a problem with two people who love each other getting married".

Grand slam champion Samantha Stosur has hinted that tennis stars may try to boycott Margaret Court Arena at next year's Australian Open.

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.

On Monday, Hogenkamp joined calls for her name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park, where the first Grand Slam event of the season takes place in January.

Stosur has already gone public with her support for compatriot Casey Dellacqua, a fellow player who has a child with her partner, Amanda Judd.

"It is because it's in the Bible", she said, explaining her beliefs. I think she's a great person and I think she's a great mother.

This time, she doubled down on her criticism of gay marriage, telling Andrew Bolt that "God made man for woman and woman for man ..."

"So I think it would be a good thing to see if Australian Open can maybe change the name of the stadium, because I think if you're in that kind of position, maybe some players they don't feel so comfortable playing in a stadium named after Margaret Court".

Court, 74, says that Aly did not give her a chance to answer his questions.

"Margaret, I appreciate that might be your view but there is polling suggesting that 62-64 per cent are in support of this", Aly stated as Court tried to speak.

"I think everybody has their views".

The openly gay politician returned serve via Twitter saying Court's conservative views deserved a boycott of their own.

"I'm all for any type of relationships". Ordained as a Pentecostal minister in 1991, 16 years after she had retired as a player, the Australian has often spoken out about same-sex marriage.