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Tennis Legend Calls For Margaret Court Arena To Change Its Name

She's got a new name sorted...

Tennis Legend Calls For Margaret Court Arena To Change Its Name

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Women's tennis legend Martina Navratilova has slammed Margaret Court for her recent comments, and called for Margaret Court Arena to change its name.

Court has been in the centre of a lot of media attention for her recent activity, which includes boycotting Qantas because of their CEO's support for same-sex marriage and her suggestions older tennis players are 'turning' younger ones into lesbians.

Navratilova, who won 18 Grand Slam tournaments and was the world number one for over six years, penned a letter published by Fairfax Media slamming Court.

"Sporting venues named for athletes, or any place, really, named for whoever, are so named for one reason. That reason is their whole body of work," she wrote.

"In other words, it is not just for what this person did on the field, on the court, in politics, arts or science, for instance, but also for who they are as human beings."

She wrote that while Court's achievements on the court are outstanding, but diminished by what she has done off it.

"It is now clear exactly who Court is: an amazing tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe," she said.

"Her vitriol is not just an opinion. She is actively trying to keep LGBT people from getting equal rights (note to Court: we are human beings, too). She is demonising trans kids and trans adults everywhere.

"This is not OK. This is in fact sick and it is much blood will be on Margaret's hands because kids will continue to get beaten for being different? This is not OK. Too many will die by suicide because of this kind of intolerance, this kind of bashing and yes, this kind of bullying. This is not OK." 

So what's Navratilova's new name for the stadium? 

She wants it called after another Aussie star.

"Which is why I think it's time to change your name. And I think the Evonne Goolagong Arena has a great ring to it," she said.

"Now there is a person we can all celebrate. On every level."