Twelve-times grand slam champion Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court’s name stripped from the Australian Open showcourt because Court’s views on sexuality, including the claim that “tennis is full of lesbians”, are offensive.
Pentecostal Christian pastor Court, who holds the record for winning most Grand Slam singles titles at 24, is a defender of traditional marriage and family.
The Australian tennis great is also an opponent of gay unions and stated in the past that lesbianism on the women’s tour has a corrupting influence on young players, as Breitbart Sports reported.
“When you were named after Margaret Court, it seemed like the right thing to do,” Navratilova explained in her letter.
The 2018 Australian tennis open begins on Monday, January 15.