Margaret Court's anti-gay rights stance deserves a boycott of its own

Court claims Waleed Aly and Meshel Laurie interrupted her when she was answering their questions on Friday night

Australian tennis great Margaret Court earned 24 singles Grand Slam titles, the standing record in women's tennis, during her career in the 1960s and '70s, but less illustrious is her almost as long-standing opposition to LGBT rights.

Court's open letter to Qantas, published in The West Australian last week, criticising CEO Alan Joyce's advocacy for same-sex marriage has sparked furious debate on both sides of the divisive issue.

"I think they always said that we were bullying them but I think there's a lot of bullying gone on, intimidation", she told The Bolt Report on Monday night.

Stosur, Fourlis, Ashleigh Barty, her doubles partner Casey Dellacqua - who has two children in an openly gay relationship - and fellow men's players John Millman and Thanasi Kokkinakis share Kyrgios's view. Only one player has won more: Court, who claimed part of her 24 during the amateur era.

Martina Navratilova tweeted that Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open should change its name and maybe named after Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who became the first aboriginal woman to become a Grand Slam Champion.

The Margaret Court Arena is one of multiple venues at Melbourne Park which plays host to the Australian Open.

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Dellacqua - who has two children in an openly gay relationship with former touch football champion Amanda Judd - has received nearly 8000 retweets of her post: "Margaret".

Stosur also used Twitter in supporting Dellacqua.

"I love Casey and two women can parent as good as a man and a woman", the 17-year-old said.

"He tried to cut me off, I said no, you're not listening, you're just making fun", she said.

As a youngster I remember Margaret as a single girl wowing the tennis world. Ordained as a Pentecostal minister in 1991, 16 years after she had retired as a player, the Australian has often spoken out about same-sex marriage.

"But for me, to be in this kind of position, I don't think you should be that outspoken".

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"But I guess we'll cross that bridge when we all get down to the Australian Open next year and (see) who wants to play on Margaret Court Arena and who doesn't, and we'll go from there".

"So I think if something was going to be happening and the players come to an agreement, if they think the name should be changed or whatever, that should be decided before the event, before the event starts".

"I think it's bullying".

Samantha Stosur is now Australia's highest ranked women's singles player.

"This is a Judeo-Christian nation and I believe we should protect marriage".

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