Tennis icon Margaret Court says & # 39; nobody called her & # 39; to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its historic Grand Slam – after it caused controversy with anti-gay remarks
- Court, 77, says she has not been told if her Grand Slam triumph will be recognized
- The same birthday for Rod Laver was at the Australian Open this year
- But Court's position on homosexuality has put her at odds with Tennis Australia
- The most successful tennis player ever has not been to the tournament since 2017
Divisive tennis icon Margaret Court says she doesn't know if the 50th birthday of her historic Grand Slam will be honored at next year's Australian Open.
Court, 77, shares her opinion with her criticism of the equality of marriage and has not been present at the tournament since 2017.
The record holder of the Grand Slam titles of all time has also had to deal with calls to remove her name from the title of Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne Park.
Tennis Australia celebrated the 50th anniversary of fellow legend Rod Laver with his second singles Grand Slam – earlier this year he won the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
Divisive tennis icon Margaret Court (photo in 2015) has revealed that she has not received a word or her 50th Grand Slam jubilee will be honored at next year's Australian Open
But the court said no one from the national governing body of the sport had contacted her to say how or or her own achievements would be recognized.
& # 39; They never called me. No one spoke to me directly about it. I think they'd rather not be confronted with it & # 39 ;, she said The age.
& # 39; If they think I'm just popping up, I don't think that's right. I think I should be invited. & # 39;
& # 39; If they don't do that, I don't really want to come. & # 39;
The court added that she did not believe that her attitude towards same-sex marriage would affect her legacy or the decision to name a court after her.
She is the most successful player in the sport ever, with 50 years of marking next year since she won all four major titles in 1970.
& # 39; The world's most successful tennis player ever
Court has won a record number of 24 Grand Slam titles.
She completed what is known as the & # 39; Grand Slam & # 39; in 1970 – which refers to winning all four major titles in a year.
It is also one of only three players in history that the & # 39; boxed set & # 39; completes by winning the singles, doubles, and mixed titles at all four major events.
She was initiated in 1993 in the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame.
A spokesperson for Tennis Australia said it was deciding how the Court & # 39; s performance would be marked, but that its views did not match theirs on equality, diversity and inclusion.
Court was an active voice in the campaign against same-sex marriage in 2017 and said it was a & # 39; sad day for our nation & # 39; was then the Australians & # 39; yes & # 39; voted against the equality of marriage.
She has previously called up supporters of same-sex marriage because they were trying to ruin big vacations and said that tennis was a sport full of lesbians & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It's not about marriage. It will affect Christian schools, it will affect freedom of expression, & she said The Western Australian in 2017.
& # 39; There will be no Mother's Day, there will be no Father's Day, there will be no Easter, there will be no Christmas. & # 39;
In a radio broadcast on Vision Christian Radio that year, she has also described homosexuality as a & # 39; lust for the meat & # 39 ;.
& # 39; That is what Hitler did. That's what communism did – get into the children's minds, & she said about the LGBTI movement.
& # 39; There is a whole conspiracy in our nation and in the nations of the world to get into the minds of the children. & # 39;
Tennis Australia celebrated the 50th anniversary of its second Grand Slam (left), the official tennis legend Rod Laver earlier this year, but Court (photo right at the last Australian open match she attended in 2017) said no one from the national governing body of the sport contacted her to say how or her own performance would be recognized.
Court is the spiritual leader of the Pentecostal Victory Life movement based in Perth, which she founded 25 years ago and a fervent supporter of the Liberal Party,
She is married to Barry Court – who was president of the party's West Australian branch between 2008 and 2011.
Her husband is the son of one of Australia's most valued conservative politicians and former Prime Minister WA Charles Sir Charles Court.
Court (pictured during Wimbledon during her Grand Slam year) is the most successful tennis player ever in tennis, with 50 years marking next year since she won all four major titles in 1970
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