Re­name arena, says ten­nis star

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bil­lie Jean King has said one of the main venues for the Aus­tralian Open ten­nis tour­na­ment should be re­named be­cause of Mar­garet Court’s com­ments about the les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der com­mu­nity.

King, a pioneer for equal­ity and di­ver­sity in ten­nis, said she had ini­tially been a pro­po­nent of hav­ing Mel­bourne’s Mar­garet Court Arena named in recog­ni­tion of the 24-time Grand Slam sin­gles win­ner’s con­tri­bu­tion to the sport.

“I was fine un­til lately when she said so many deroga­tory things about my com­mu­nity – I’m a gay wo­man – about the LBGTIQ com­mu­nity,” King said yes­ter­day.

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