Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena to be renamed

Last Updated: Jan 12 2018 16:03

TENNIS- American former World No. 1 Billie Jean King has called to rename the Margaret Court Arena in Australia because of Court's "derogatory" views on homosexuality.

11 time Oz Open champion Court is an opponent of gay marriage and has courted controversy last year for her remarks on homosexuality.

"I'm a gay woman. If I were playing today, I would not play on it," King, 74, said on Friday.

"I was fine until lately when she said so many derogatory things about my community. That really went deep in my heart and soul," King told a news conference in Melbourne on Friday.

"I just feel like she's gotten really derogatory. When she talks about the children of transgenders being from the devil, that put me over the edge.

"I wish she were here so we could further this discussion."

"I probably don't think it's appropriate to have her name [on the stadium]."

Australian Open tournament director and CEO of Tennis Australia Craid Tiley has already said they will not rename the stadium as Court's views do not reflect the organization's viewpoint.