Stosur: Players may refuse to compete on Margaret Court Arena following comments
31 May, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Glen Fletcher
Stosur is passionately backing fellow Australian Casey Dellacqua in her stance against Margaret Court after the legendary 24-times major victor created a firestorm with her public opposition to same-sex marriage.
Australian tennis great Margaret Court says she feels bullied by a fierce backlash over her views on gay marriage, but has vowed not to be "intimidated".
'Look, I think everyone can have their own opinion.
It created several reactions. Tennis Australia commented on it through a statement: 'As a legend of the sport, we respect Margaret Court's achievements in tennis and her unmatched playing record. "Shame on you. Maybe it's time to change the name of Margaret Court Arena then.".
"The court's named Margaret CourtArena because of what she did in tennis, and that's why basically", Stosur said after defeating Kristina Kucova in the first round at the French Open.
As the furore continues, Court has also been slammed by openly-gay Aussie tennis star Casey Dellacqua over a letter she wrote about Dellacqua and her partner Amanda Judd having a baby.
Stosur added: "It's been pretty fiery". Obviously, that's why Casey was obviously, very adamant about that, and I wanted to support my friend and that's why I sent out my first tweet in a very long time. You know, if it's two men, two women, that's great.
"It is because it's in the Bible", she said, explaining her beliefs.
"I have always said I have nothing against homosexual people", she said.
"Frankly, the discussion around marriage for same-sex couples has descended into a kind of national silliness where people are just taking more and more extreme and absurd positions because they're not actually debating the issue".
On The Project on Channel 10 last night, Court clashed with panellists Waleed Aly and Meshel Laurie over her views.
"So I think if something was going to be happen 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".
That led to some players, including Martina Navratilova, demanding that the Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park be renamed while others, like Sam Stosur, are calling for players to boycott the arena at the next Australian Open.
Court bravely presented a viewpoint still shared by many Christians in this country that marriage should be between a man and a woman. "The more people get along the better and so it's a little bit disappointing", he said.