Margaret Court has vowed to never again fly with Qantas due to the airline's support of same-sex marriage.
Margaret Court has vowed to never again fly with Qantas due to the airline's support of same-sex marriage. FIONA HAMILTON / TENNIS AUSTRALI

Tennis legend slams Qantas for gay marriage stance

AS THE debate heats up over airlines and gay marriage, the tennis world is going through a divorce.

After Australian great Margaret Court said she would stop using Qantas "where possible" over the airline's promotion of same-sex marriage, other tennis greats have given her a serve.

Martina Navratilova tweeted "Maybe it's time to change the name of the Margaret Court Arena then ... and I guess Margaret will be taking the boat on her next trip?"

Court is an all-time great, having won a record 24 grand slam titles 1960-1973.

Navratilova is no slouch either, having won 18 grand slam singles titles. She later tweeted: "Thank you Qantas for your support. And Margaret - you have gone too far. Shame on you."

The organisation behind the arena, Melbourne & Olympic Parks, posted on Facebook it "does not support Margaret Court's comments and we remain an organisation committed to embracing equality, diversity and inclusion; from our fans to our colleagues who deliver the events that people love to attend".

Current Australian player Casey Dellacqua is openly gay and was attacked for having a "fatherless child" with her "partner" - Court couldn't bring herself to use the term without putting quotes on it - in a letter to the West Australian newspaper in 2013.

Yesterday Dellacqua tweeted a picture of the letter and said "Margaret, enough is enough".

Asked whether Court's name should be removed, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull showed some fancy footwork on radio 3AW: "Whatever people think of her opinion on gay marriage, she is one of the all time greats and the arena celebrates that."

The other major domestic airline Virgin also supports gay marriage.

At the very least, it should make travel interesting unless Court takes Navratilova's advice and goes by boat.

Court sparked the latest stoush in a letter in the West Australian, saying "I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible."


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