Posted May 30, Grand slam champion Samantha Stosur has hinted that tennis stars may try to boycott Margaret Court Arena at next year's Australian Open. A relieved Stosur ended Australia's dismal start to the French Open overnight with a gritty first-round win over Kristina Kucova.
It was a momentous Friday in more ways than one for two Stosurs, one named after another, but both particularly endearing to Exning trainer Gay Kelleway. Eight-year-old mare and stable stalwart Stosur was retired following her ninth-placed finish in a mile handicap at Lingfield, hours after tennis player Sam Stosur tasted Australian Open women's doubles success on home soil after a year wait. She tended to get quite nervous in her matches, but I remember being at Wimbledon one Sunday watching her and she was simply phenomenal.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Sam Stosur says Margaret Court is "digging a very big hole for herself" with her comments about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. A link has been sent to your friend's email address.
Grand slam champion Samantha Stosur has hinted that tennis stars may try to boycott Margaret Court Arena at next year's Australian Open. Stosur is passionately backing Casey Dellacqua in her stance against Margaret Court after the legendary times major winner created a firestorm with her public opposition to same-sex marriage. Even the Prime Minister was dragged into the debate after calls to have Court's name removed from one of Melbourne Park's show courts.
Andy Murray has said he would consider boycotting the Australian Open, where a court is named after her, because of her comments. Court, 74, became a Pentecostal Christian minister after a glittering career in the sport, during which she won 24 Grand Slam singles titles, including a record 11 at the Australian Open. She is a vocal critic of LGBT rights and caused controversy last week when she said that she would not fly with the Australian airline Qantas, because of its support for same-sex marriage.
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World No 1 Andy Murray fears tennis players trying to boycott Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open would cause scheduling chaos and wants the issue brought to a head sooner rather than later. The legendary Margaret Court's public opposition to same-sex marriage has sparked furious debate around whether the show court named in her honour at Melbourne Park should be changed. While gay Dutch professional Richel Hogenkamp is the only elite player on record as saying there should be a name change, Australia's stars competing at the French Open in Paris are strongly united in disagreeing with Court's views.
Thank you for signing up. Sorry, it looks like an error occurred. Australian No. Samantha Stosur says Margaret Court's outspoken stance against same-sex marriage has reached "crazy" levels after the sporting legend claimed "tennis is full of lesbians" and that transgender children are the work of the devil.