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Margaret Court says tennis 'full of lesbians'

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 31/05/2017

Tennis today is "full of lesbians", Margaret Court has told a Christian radio station.

The former tennis champion-turned-pastor was speaking to 20Twenty Vision in the wake of her Qantas boycott, where she refused to fly on the carrier due to its stance on gay marriage.

"Tennis is full of lesbians, because even when I was playing there was only a couple there, but those couple that led, that took young ones into parties and things," she said.

"And you know, what you get at the top is often what you’ll get right through that sport."

Court caused a firestorm of controversy when she announced she would boycott Qantas because of the airline's support of legalising same-sex marriage.

Her comments led to calls for Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne to be renamed so as to not pay tribute to her.

She was also criticised by Casey Dellacqua and Sam Stosur, who suggested many players would be reluctant to play at that particular venue during the Australian Open.

"The court's named Margaret Court Arena because of what she did in tennis, and that's why basically," Stosur said.

"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."

Overnight Andy Murray called for the renaming issue to be resolved before the Australian Open begins.

"I think if something was to be done it would be a lot more beneficial to do it before the tournament starts," he said.

"For players to be in a position where you're in a slam and kind of boycotting playing on the court, that would potentially cause a lot of issues.

"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 starts."

Court would go on to describe the push to rename the stadium as "sad".

"It’s very sad that they think like that because they don’t look back and you still hold the most titles of any man or woman in the history of the game, I think it’s just a way of thinking they may be able to hurt me, but they can’t," she told 9News on Friday.

"I have nothing against homosexual people."

"It's a marriage, we've been married 50 years this year and I think if people read the first two chapters of the Bible, they see what marriage is all about that it’s a covenant of God and God ordained it.

"I think our young people need to know that.

"With homosexual people, they can live their lives and live it whatever way they please, but don't touch marriage between a man and a woman, because children need a mother and a father and that’s the way it was ordained in the beginning and we should look at that and value that."

Court, 74, is now a senior pastor at Victory Life Church in Perth.

Court still holds the record for most grand slam titles, winning the Australian, US and French Opens as well as Wimbledon a combined 24 times. 

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