The tennis legend and prominent gay rights activist dimissed calls for Court's name to be taken off the court because of comments the 24-time Grand Slam champion made about same-sex unions. King's statement provides some much-needed levity for the folks who are dismissively intolerant of Court's dismissive intolerance.
"Get rid of her for that because you don't agree with her?," King said, according to tennis.com. "Are you kidding? Just because you don't agree with someone? Please. She deserves it. She's a great player."
Not only does King think Court's name should stay, she thinks it should have more prominence in Melbourne.
"I thought the center court should be [Rod] Laver and her name together. They're the two greatest champions in our game, and she had more Slams. For her to have court 3 is terrible. I was furious. I went to the heads of Australia, I told them I don't agree with this. You can't do this, you can't give her court 3, she deserves much better than this. That's a disgrace to women. She won 62 Grand Slam titles, how could you ever give her court 3. It was diabolical."
King went on to say that she disagrees with Court's position on same-sex unions and equal rights.
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