Play­ers may boy­cott court over Court’s ho­mo­pho­bia

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PARIS — A us­tralia’s t en­nis num­ber one Sa­man­tha S to­sur has sugg ested play­ers at the A us­tralian Open c ould boy­cott the Mel­bourne P ark s ta­dium named af ter Mar garet Court due t o the 2 4times gr and sl am cham­pion ’s op­po­si­tion t o sames ex mar­riag e.

Court, a Chris tian minis ter at a Perth chur ch, sp arked a me­dia s torm in A us­tralia l ast w eek af ter decl ar­ing in a l et­ter to a l ocal ne ws­pa­per that she w ould no l onger fl y with Q an­tas over the national air­line’ s sup­port f or gay mar­riag e.

The 7 4yearold’s c om­ments w ere con­demned b y 18time s gr and sl am cham­pion Martina Na vratilova, who sug­gested Court’ s name shoul d be taken o ff Mel­bourne P ark’s num­ber two sho w c ourt.

Aus­tralia has y et to l egalise g ay mar­riage de spite gr ow­ing pr es­sure from ac tivists and opin­ion polls that have sho wn ma­jorit y sup­port f or it .

Sto­sur, a f ormer U .S. Open cham­pion, doubt ed ther e w ould be any name chang e but said pl ay­ers might de­cide no tt o pl ay in the ar ena at the ne xt A us­tralian Open in Jan­uary

“I don ’t agr ee with [ Court’s opin­ion], but I g uess w e’ll cr oss that bridge when w e all g et do wn t o the Aus­tralian Open ne xt y ear and who wants t o pl ay on Mar garet Court Arena and who doe sn’t and w e’ll g o from ther e,” said S to­sur. — R eu­ters.

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