Andy Murray backs calls to remove Margaret Court’s name from arena

By: Reuters |

September 17, 2020 12:05:18 pm

Andy Murray of Great Britain performs a shot throughout his match in opposition to James Duckworth of Australia on the Brisbane International tennis match in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)

Andy Murray thinks the Australian Open ought to take into account eradicating Margaret Court’s name from the arena 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 file 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-times finalist at Melbourne Park, instructed 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 match to recognise the fiftieth 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 duplicate 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, stated she had obtained a lukewarm reception from the general public.

“She has obviously offended and upset a lot of people over the years,” he added. “I think the players certainly have spoken up, which is a positive thing.”

Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe had additionally known as for Court’s name to be stripped from the stadium.

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