Sport Margaret Court to attend Australian Open

04:45  30 november  2019
04:45  30 november  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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Billie Jean King has called for Australian Open organisers to rename the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne following the controversial King, who is a leading gay rights and equality activist, added that she is disappointed that Court will not be in attendance this year as she would like to have

Marriage equality passed; now margaret court won't attend australian open Although she is the namesake of the venue where the Australian Open will run

Margaret Court et al. looking at the camera: Margaret Court in 1969, left, and in recent times.© Press Association, Getty Images Margaret Court in 1969, left, and in recent times.

Margaret Court has accepted an invitation from Tennis Australia to attend January’s Australian Open and celebrate the 50th anniversary of her grand slam triumph, but the governing body has again stressed it disagrees with her personal views about homosexuality and gay marriage.

This year fellow tennis great Rod Laver was feted around the world for the anniversary of his 1969 grand slam and, with Court’s name adorning one of the main stadiums at Melbourne Park, Tennis Australia was in an awkward position as to how to also recognise her milestone.

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Court has attended the Australian Open as a guest in the past but revealed to Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper earlier this month she would But she has also spoken out against Australia 's recent decision to legalize same-sex marriage. READ: Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open .

Margaret Court AO MBE (née Smith; born 16 July 1942), also known as Margaret Smith Court , is a retired Australian tennis player and former world No. 1. She amassed more major titles than any

Earlier this month, The Age reported exclusively that Court was urging Tennis Australia to “sit and talk with me’’ ahead of the anniversary season with the Australian tennis great pledging she wouldn’t return to Melbourne Park unless she was formally welcomed back and her career achievement properly recognised.

Tennis Australia has now come to a position where it believes it can celebrate Court’s 1970 grand slam achievement appropriately.

‘‘To mark this historic occasion, Margaret Court, along with her family and friends, has been invited to Australian Open 2020 as a special guest, and to participate in a significant program of events throughout the tournament,’’ Tennis Australia said in a statement.

‘‘Tennis Australia respects Margaret’s unmatched tennis career and welcomes her to the Australian Open, particularly in this milestone anniversary year.

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‘‘As often stated, Tennis Australia does not agree with Margaret’s personal views, which have demeaned and hurt many in our community over a number of years. They do not align with our values of equality, diversity and inclusion.

‘‘Our sport welcomes everyone, no matter what gender, ability, race, religion or sexuality, and we will continue to actively promote inclusion initiatives widely at all levels of the sport.’’

Court confirmed she would attend the Open in January.

“I’m looking forward to celebrating the 50th anniversary of winning the Grand Slam with my family and friends at the Australian Open,” Court said in the statement.

“This is an incredible milestone for me, and I can’t quite believe how quickly the time has gone. It’s always wonderful to catch up with my fellow legends and I’m grateful to Tennis Australia.

“Tennis is a wonderful sport and I’m proud to be part of the history of our great game.”

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The Margaret Court conundrum remains the effluent in the room at this Australian Open , and it exercised the nimble verbal skills of most of the players two days before a ball was due to be struck. She said last week she would not attend this year’s tournament.

The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia . The tournament is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events held each year

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