Andy Murray disapproves of Margaret Court's gay marriage views

The chance of Court and the other opponents of marriage equality stopping its eventual legislation are vanishingly small

Margaret Court hits back at 'bullies'

Australian tennis great Margaret Court earned 24 singles Grand Slam titles, the standing record in women's tennis, during her career in the 1960s and '70s, but less illustrious is her almost as long-standing opposition to LGBT rights.

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". Rugby-player-turned-political-commentator Peter FitzSimons asked in the Sydney Morning Herald: 'Does Melbourne Park really want to have an arena named after someone who stands so firmly against inclusiveness, who is becoming a byword for bigot?' That Court made her name in a sport in which many of its greatest past and present players are gay only adds to the insult.

"Whatever people may think about Margaret Court's views about gay marriage ... she is one of the all-time greats and the Margaret Court Arena celebrates Margaret Court the tennis player", Mr Turnbull told 3AW.

Placing Tennis Australia under huge pressure to react - after Stosur on Monday suggested players may request not to appear on Margaret Court Arena in January - Murray said a meeting between the game's grand slam competitors was needed to ascertain the general consensus.

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 also used Twitter in supporting Dellacqua. That's why I wanted to support my friend and that's why I sent out my first tweet in a very long time.

"And look, it's just not something that I agree with".

She then went on to say people who opposed same-sex marriage were being "bullied" for their views. "I think we definitely should have it in Australia (same-sex marriage)".

"I think for players to be in a position where you're in a grand slam and kind of boycotting playing on the court, I think would potentially cause a lot of issues".

Other countries, including Canada, Britain, United States, France, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa, have already amended their marriage laws to recognise same-sex unions. I don't agree with Margaret's opinion.

"I think everybody has their views".

There have been suggestions that some players may even refuse to play in the stadium at the 2018 Australian Open if the Court name is not removed. "The more people get along the better and so it's a little bit disappointing", he said.

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