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Andy Murray backs calls to remove Margaret Court’s name from arena

By: Reuters |

September 17, 2020 12:05:18 pm

Andy Murray of Nice Britain performs a shot throughout his match in opposition to James Duckworth of Australia on the Brisbane Worldwide tennis event in Brisbane, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photograph/Tertius Pickard)

Andy Murray thinks the Australian Open ought to contemplate eradicating Margaret Courtroom’s title from the world at Melbourne Park as he says the a number of Grand Slam champion’s values are at odds with what tennis stands for.

The 78-year-old Courtroom, who holds the all-time file of 24 main singles titles, has been closely criticised for voicing her religious-based opposition to same-sex marriage and transgender athletes.

“If you get to the Australian Open you need to think about the tennis. Courtroom’s views detract from that,” Murray, a five-times finalist at Melbourne Park, instructed right here.

“So far as renaming the venue … sure, it’s one thing the game ought to contemplate. I don’t know who makes the ultimate determination on that however I don’t assume her values are what tennis stands for.”

Tennis Australia invited Courtroom to Melbourne Park at this 12 months’s event to recognise the 50th anniversary of her 1970 calendar Grand Slam, whereas saying it disagreed together with her “private views”.

In a low-key ceremony at Rod Laver Area earlier than a quarter-final match, Courtroom was handed a reproduction trophy by 11-times Grand Slam champion Rod Laver following the screening of a brief video of her tennis achievements.

Murray, a three-times Grand Slam champion and former world primary, mentioned she had obtained a lukewarm reception from the general public.

“She has clearly offended and upset lots of people through the years,” he added. “I feel the gamers actually have spoken up, which is a optimistic factor.”

Tennis greats Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe had additionally known as for Courtroom’s title to be stripped from the stadium.

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