Players may boycott court over Court’s homophobia
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.