Tennis: Samantha Stosur Suggests Players Could Boycott Margaret Court Arena

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Grand Slam champion Samantha Stosur has suggested that tennis players could boycott Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open next year.

Following her first-round win at the French Open, Stosur confirmed her support for fellow Australian Casey Dellacqua in her stance against Court’s public opposition to same-sex marriage.

“Look, I think everyone can have their own opinion. I don’t agree with Margaret’s opinion,” said Stosur.

“That’s why Casey was, obviously, very adamant about that and 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. I think we definitely should have [same-sex marriage] in Australia.”

The 33-year-old went on to suggest that some players could refuse to play at the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.

“The court’s named Margaret Court Arena because of what she did in tennis, and that’s why basically,” she said. “But I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we all get down to the Australian Open next year and [see] who wants to play on Margaret Court Arena and who doesn’t, and we’ll go from there.”

Last week, Court, the most decorated tennis player in the history with 24 Grand Slam titles, wrote in a letter to the West Australian newspaper: “I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible.”

In 2012, Court said the government’s plan to reform marriage could “legitimise what God calls abominable sexual practices”.