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MAR­GARET Court has crit­i­cised Tennis Aus­tralia (TA) fol­low­ing her awk­ward ap­pear­ance at the Aus­tralian Open last week, say­ing the gov­ern­ing body had “dis­crim­i­nated” against her due to her op­po­si­tion to gay mar­riage.

Tennis Aus­tralia (TA) in­vited Court, who won a record 24 grand slam ti­tles, to Mel­bourne Park to recog­nise the 50th an­niver­sary of her 1970 cal­en­dar grand slam, while say­ing it dis­agreed with her “per­sonal views”. In a low-key cer­e­mony at Rod Laver Arena prior to a quar­ter­fi­nal match, Court was handed a replica tro­phy by 11-time grand slam cham­pion Rod Laver fol­low­ing the screen­ing of a short video of her tennis achieve­ments.

Court, who at­tended sev­eral days of the tour­na­ment along with fam­ily mem­bers, said she had been treated un­fairly be­cause of her views on “gay mar­riage and all of those ar­eas”, and com­plained about not be­ing given a mi­cro­phone at the cer­e­mony.

“From the tennis side they’ve pointed the fin­ger at me and tried to dis­crim­i­nate in every­thing that I’ve done and I think that’s very sad,” the 77-yearold told lo­cal broad­caster Nine Net­work.

“I think they think be­cause I’m a preacher, they think I’m go­ing to preach the gospel.” TA re­sponded by say­ing that Court had agreed to the cer­e­mony’s ar­range­ments be­fore­hand and that the gov­ern­ing body had ex­tended hospi­tal­ity. | Reuters

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