Tennis

‘That was very, very wrong’ — Court criticizes McEnroe and Navratilova protest

The multiple grand slam-winning duo made clear their opposition to Court's views on homosexuality and campaigned to have the Melbourne Park court renamed, unfurling a banner reading "Evonne Goolagong Arena" in reference to Australia's seven-time grand slam champion. The tennis greats later apologized for breaking the tournament's protocol. Speaking to Australia's Nine News, 24-time grand slam winner Court said: "I'd never go to another nation, whatever I thought of a person, I would never say, 'Hey, you should take their name off a building, or off an arena, or a tennis centre.' "I would never do that …I think that was very, very wrong."McEnroe, 60, had also mocked "crazy aunt" Court in a Eurosport segment. In the video, the seven-time grand slam champion called on Serena Williams to better Court's number of major titles. "I always got on quite well with John McEnroe. I always thought we got on and I've always respected him," Court, the most successful player in history, added. "I feel sorry for him that he can't separate one part of life to another."

'They've pointed the finger at me'

Court, a Pentecostal pastor in Western Australia, has likened LGBTQ teaching in schools to the work of "the devil" and previously said tennis is "full of lesbians".The 77-year-old, the most successful player of all time, won all four grand slams in 1970.She was invited to this year's Australian Open to honor the 50th anniversary of the achievement, but governing body Tennis Australia has said it did not agree with her "demeaning" personal views.Read More – Source