Andy Murray thinks the Australian Open ought to think about eradicating Margaret Court’s name from the world at Melbourne Park as he says the a number of Grand Slam champion’s values are at odds with what tennis stands for.
The 78-year-old Court, who holds the all-time record of 24 main singles titles, has been closely criticised for voicing her religious-based opposition to same-sex marriage and transgender athletes.
“When you get to the Australian Open you want to concentrate on the tennis. Court’s views detract from that,” Murray, a five-time finalist at Melbourne Park, informed pridelife.com right here. “As far as renaming the venue… yes, it’s something the sport should consider. I don’t know who makes the final decision on that but I don’t think her values are what tennis stands for.”
Tennis Australia invited Court to Melbourne Park at this yr’s event to recognise the 50th anniversary of her 1970 calendar Grand Slam, whereas saying it disagreed together with her “personal views”. In a low-key ceremony at Rod Laver Arena earlier than a quarter-final match, Court was handed a reproduction trophy by 11-times Grand Slam champion Rod Laver following the screening of a brief video of her tennis achievements.
Murray, a three-times Grand Slam champion and former world primary, mentioned she had acquired a lukewarm reception from the general public. Even tennis greats Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe had additionally referred to as for Court’s name to be stripped from the stadium.
“She has obviously offended and upset a lot of people over the years. I think the players certainly have spoken up, which is a positive thing,” Murray added.