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  • Martina Navratilova Says Margaret Court Is a "Homophobe"

    Reporter: Aditya Soni
    Published: Thursday, 1 June 2017
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    MELBOURNE, Australia - (AP) - Martina Navratilova has composed an open letter reprimanding Margaret Court's remarks about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, androgynous and transgender group, and suggesting that tennis authorities rename the field that bears the Australian extraordinary's name at Melbourne Park.

    Court won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1970s and is currently a Christian minister. In a letter distributed in The West Australian daily paper a week ago, Court composed that she would quit flying Qantas "where conceivable" on the grounds that the Australian aircraft "has turned into a dynamic promoter for same-sex marriage."

    The 74-year-old Court has been a commentator of homosexuality for quite a long time, and she extended her remarks in a Christian radio station talk with this week.

    On Thursday, Navratilova's letter routed to "Dear Margaret Court Arena" and distributed by Fairfax Media daily papers in Australia, proposed that brandishing scenes ought to be named for a man's "entire assortment of work" and "their identity as individuals."

    "When you were named after Margaret Court, it appeared like the best thing to do," previous No. 1-positioned Navratilova composed. "All things considered, Rod Laver as of now had the enormous stadium and Court is one of the unsurpassed greats. I had long back excused Court for her feature snatching remarks in 1990 when she said I was an awful good example since I was a lesbian."

    "It is presently evident precisely court's identity: an astonishing tennis player, and ... a homophobe. Her vitriol is not only a sentiment. She is effectively attempting to keep LGBT individuals from getting equivalent rights (note to Court: we are people, as well). She is trashing trans kids and trans grown-ups all over the place."

    Navratilova said "we ought not commend this sort of conduct" and prescribed that the No. 2 field at the Australian Open be given another name.

    "I think the Evonne Goolagong Arena has an extraordinary ring to it," Navratilova composed, proposing a contrasting option to Court. "Presently there is a man we can all celebrate. On each level."

    Goolagong Cawley is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion and an Aboriginal Australian.

    At the French Open not long ago, Andy Murray was among a few players who rejected Court's remarks about same-sex marriage. There were proposals that players could blacklist Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open next January.

    "I don't perceive any reason why anybody has an issue with two individuals who adore each other getting hitched. On the off chance that it's two men, two ladies, that is incredible. I don't perceive any reason why it ought to matter. It's not any other person's business," the No. 1-positioned Murray said.

    Sam Stosur, an Australian who won the 2011 U.S. Open, stated: "I think everybody can have their conclusion. I don't concur with it. Be that as it may, I figure we'll cross that scaffold when we as a whole get down to the Australian Open one year from now - and who needs to play on Margaret Court Arena and who doesn't. Furthermore, we'll go from that point."
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