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Tennis Australia to celebrate Margaret Court but oppose her personal views

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Court won all four majors in 1970 during an illustrious career that yielded a record 24 grand slam victories and had called for recognition at next year's Open. However, the 77-year-old, now a Pentecostal pastor in Western Australia, has attracted controversy for voicing opposition to same-sex marriage and saying tennis is "full of lesbians."Such views prompted former rival Billie Jean King to call for the Australian's name to be stripped from Melbourne Park's Margaret Court Arena at last year's tournament. However, in an open letter, Tennis Australia said it would not "rewrite history". "Australia is fortunate that Margaret Court's extraordinary playing achievements form part of our national tennis history," the letter read. "Naturally, we will be recognizing Margaret and her incredible tennis record, and contrary to many reports, there is no plan to 'rewrite history'."READ: Rafa Nadal guides Spain to emotional Davis Cup title
READ: Billie Jean King calls for Australian Open court to be renamedNotably, the governing body reiterated its stance against Court's personal views which "fracture our incredible tennis community." "We respect that everyonRead More – Source