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Australian Open 2018: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed


The Australian Open's Margaret Court Arena should be renamed because of the 11-time champion's "derogatory" views on sexuality, says Billie Jean King. Court, who holds the record for winning most Grand Slam singles titles at 24, is an opponent of gay marriage. The second show court at Melbourne Park was renamed in the 75-year-old Australian's honour in 2003. "I'm a gay woman. If I were playing today, I would not play on it," King, 74, said on Friday. The American, who won 12 major singles titles, said she had originally backed Court to be honoured by the naming of the stadium, but the Australian's outspoken views in recent years had changed her mind. Court, a Pentecostal pastor, has been a regular visitor to the Australian Open in recent years but has chosen to skip the event this month, choosing instead to go crab fishing in her native Western Australia. "I was fine until lately when she said so many derogatory things about my community. That really went deep in my heart and soul," King told a news conference in Melbourne on Friday. "I just feel like she's gotten really derogatory. When she talks about the children of transgenders being from the devil, that put me over the edge. "I wish she were here so we could further this discussion."




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