Sport King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed

10:22  12 january  2018
10:22  12 january  2018 Source:   MSN

No talk of boycott at Margaret Court Arena

  No talk of boycott at Margaret Court Arena Nick Kyrgios says he will try to "block out" Margaret Court's views on sexuality if he plays on her namesake court at the Australian Open. Margaret Court's controversial views remain a talking point at Melbourne Park but leading players have shied away from suggestions of a boycott at her namesake arena.Tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King on Friday used the occasion of being named Australian Open woman of the year to call for the renaming of Margaret Court Arena.

Tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King has called for a renaming of Margaret Court Arena due to the Australian legend's divisive views on sexuality. "If you were talking about indigenous people, Jews or any other people, I can't imagine the public would want to have her name on something.

In Melbourne to celebrate 50th anniversary of her Australian Open victory, King says of Court ‘I don’t think it’s appropriate she’s gotten derogatory’.

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Tennis trailblazer Billie Jean King has called for a renaming of Margaret Court Arena due to the Australian legend's divisive views on sexuality.

King, who has been named Australian Open Woman of Year on the 50th anniversary of her first title in Australia, said she had a friendship with Court but the arena should no longer be named after her.

"I don't think it's appropriate ... she's gotten derogatory," King said, adding that she would not play on the court if she was still in action.

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