Should Margaret Court Arena Be Renamed?


Margaret Court is the most accomplished female tennis player Australia has ever had and so in 2003 the show court in Melbourne Park was named Margaret Court Arena. However, since then there have been calls to have it renamed because of Court’s religious beliefs and homophobic preaching. What do you think LiveTribers, should the arena be renamed? Or should someone’s athletic accomplishment’s be separate from their personal beliefs?

Posted by on 29 Jan 2020

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    Skye

    If she know longer wants her name attached the arena then replace it with someone who does

    Posted by Skye on 12 Feb 2020

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    Perspectrum

    And the moral nightmare? Are only a certain TYPE of person welcomed at this stadium? Soooo, do GAY PEOPLE for instance get FREE entrance into the gates of hell, sorry, MG Court Arena because they are damned to hell or excluded because of the same reason? If terrorists bomb it because she loves Jesus to the point of polarising the AU community, is SHE responsible if the church or arena get attacked by extremists? Ya don't name stadiums after people like this for obvious reasons PLEASE CHANGE THE NAME.

    Posted by Perspectrum on 11 Feb 2020

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    Perspectrum

    Even if my views and everyone else's are inappropriate, irrelevant, etc; I wouldn't attend an arena named after a Christian extremist purely because it breaches law; her views subject any ticket holders to extremist behaviour based on her private non sporting views. What a legal nightmare.

    Posted by Perspectrum on 11 Feb 2020

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    Perspectrum

    And as it IS a sports arena for EVERYONE, the name on it should NOT be a name which has publicly caused divisiveness and homophobia to the entire nation on a topic which has NOTHING to do with sports. I am disgusted at how sporting prowess equals say what you want regardless of how hurtful and many think this is ok. Having a public opinion is a privilege not a right. A privilege given by the general public support. Abuse it and you give up your privilege which is why she got her award and gave no speech. Her silence was wonderful.

    Posted by Perspectrum on 11 Feb 2020

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    Perspectrum

    And her views are NOT PRIVATE. As a preacher and a sports legend, her views are never private.

    Posted by Perspectrum on 11 Feb 2020

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    Perspectrum

    The Jesus Christ Arena. She represents HIM but wants HER name on the arena? Jesus Christ Margo, have you not read what the Bible says about God's view of preachers who put their name in front of his? He allows the public backlash for a reason. I don't care how skilled you are at pushing a ball around a space; because of the ball pushing she gets to comment on issues not related to sports? Sportspeople think fame gives them a public opinion on anything but all they have done is push balls around. Anyone can open a church based on sporting achievements......her church would have 5 old people in it had she decided to open a church without having been a sporting superstar prior. I attended her church for 2 years and she as a preacher is unremarkable and uses her affiliation with her husband's business associations to get a lot of funding. If you call it Margaret Court Arena, you are asking for vandalism, terrorism and God knows what else. Name sporting arenas after sportspeople who have NOT made comments which they KNEW would be decisive and made them anyway. Jesus sat and ate with drug addicts, gays and prostitutes over public officials. Margaret should follow HIS LEAD and suggest that our greatest DISABLED sportsperson should have the Arena named after them. But her pride, lack of humility and disregard for ALL the people God made with different beliefs to her make her blind. Margo; God is not a "preferer of persons". You are.

    Posted by Perspectrum on 11 Feb 2020

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    Catkit10

    Definitely not. She deserves acclamation for all her tennis achievements and should not be penalised for her private Christian views.

    Posted by Catkit10 on 05 Feb 2020

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    Kaff

    No. I think the pendulum is in threat of being swung too far again. We live in a democratic country where people are entitled to their own opinions. We are also a country of free religion. Margaret's sporting achievements should always be acknowledged.

    Posted by Kaff on 05 Feb 2020

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    David

    No - not only was she the greatest Australian female tennis player, her record remains better than any other world player - past and present. As Voltaire once wrote "I disagree with what you say, but shall fight to the death your right to say it" - Margaret is entitled to her beliefs and should be free to express her thoughts. - and her words should NOT be misquoted (as most of her opponents have done so!).

    Posted by David on 05 Feb 2020

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    bube

    No everyone has there own mine are we a police state ???

    Posted by bube on 05 Feb 2020

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    Dianne

    no everybody is entitled to voice there views

    Posted by Dianne on 04 Feb 2020

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    Alla

    I am convinced, No. We don’t need to change anything. I see no reason for changes. We have to honored the achievement like this. The Margaret Court Arena is a very historical place. Every nation has a respect to their history, and we are not an exclusion.

    Posted by Alla on 04 Feb 2020

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    Dave88

    Yes, I'd rather it be called Evonne Goolagong Arena

    Posted by Dave88 on 04 Feb 2020

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    Phil_k

    There should be no change, we are all entitled to an opinion no matter who we are, to say the arena needs to be renamed means that everyone with a different opinion has no rights. Ludicrous but sadly becoming more and more common in this era

    Posted by Phil_k on 04 Feb 2020

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    Straight Talk

    It certainly is sad that freedom of speech is now under attack, especially when one has a differing opinion. Maturity is lacking when one cannot agree to disagree...

    Posted by Straight Talk on 11 Feb 2020

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    Divine dizzie

    I think we should leave the name of the Arena as it is. We have to learn to accept others convictions without prejudice even if we don't agree. Was an amazing player with huge respect for her tennis in a very different era.

    Posted by Divine dizzie on 04 Feb 2020

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    W.

    Absolutely NOT. She like all of us should be free to state her convictions. Give her the tolerance that is often talked about because it is a two way street.

    Posted by W. on 04 Feb 2020

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    Tynewydd

    No ,she has earned the honour

    Posted by Tynewydd on 04 Feb 2020

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    Maudie

    No definitely not. Margaret Court made inroads for other female athletes.

    Posted by Maudie on 04 Feb 2020

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    Ellen

    No. It should not be renamed.

    Posted by Ellen on 04 Feb 2020

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    eric

    No. The arena was named in her honour as a tennis player and her achievements in that sport. As the BEST EVER female tennis player.....wait a minute... 24 Singles Grand Slams, 60 Grand Slam Titles in total...make that the BEST EVER player of either gender, recognition of her excellence by naming this arena after her is the least that could be done for her. Her beliefs are her beliefs. If someone is offended by her statements about her beliefs so what. She has hers, they can have their beliefs. Macenroe was one of the most unfair & childish players in his time. His histrionics were a method of cheating by trying to put off his opponents. I was offended by his lack of fair play & chose to ignore him & his antics. The tennis industry (players, ATP, media etc) lost my monetary & viewing input. My choice to do so. Anyone who is upset by the Margaret Court Arena being so named can follow my example & never enter the arena or watch any games broadcast from it again. Her achievements are now history. You cant change history.

    Posted by eric on 04 Feb 2020

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    Not_A_DoDo

    The Arena was named for Margret Courts tennis achievements, and shouldnt be changed. If they change this then they will have opened a can or maggots, and will have to changed so much in Australia... Pussies in Pink Hats should go USA they are so screwed, they should stop messing in Australias affairs. But they meddle everywhere, SO SAD TOO BAD KARMA IS

    Posted by Not_A_DoDo on 04 Feb 2020

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    Priscilla

    No I feel when you change a name on something its like it wasn't meant to be that name in the first place. And it be terrible for her family.

    Posted by Priscilla on 04 Feb 2020

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    Brinny 5

    Definitely NOT! She is our Queen of tennis!! Scums like McEnroe and Navratilova should butt out and stay in the fricking USA! I love Margaret Court's morality TOO!!

    Posted by Brinny 5 on 04 Feb 2020

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    Aster

    Definitely not, so stupid to think of it

    Posted by Aster on 04 Feb 2020

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    Ralph

    No. She is free to have her own views in life. Political correctness is out of control.

    Posted by Ralph on 04 Feb 2020

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    Gilgamesh

    She doesn't have to tell everyone what she thinks, I for one don't care what she thinks.

    Posted by Gilgamesh on 04 Feb 2020

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    lucfky 8

    Doesn't worry me.

    Posted by lucfky 8 on 04 Feb 2020

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    Legend 1st

    You stop freedom of speech in Australia

    Posted by Legend 1st on 03 Feb 2020

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    Gilgamesh

    The Police are stealing your Freedom anyway!!!

    Posted by Gilgamesh on 04 Feb 2020

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    Legend 1st

    Not a dam chance this woman is the greatest woman tennis player ever why do you think serena Williams is trying so hard to win one more major to be the best she equals her so their both the best ever and then their is rod laver the two best players ever are Australian

    Posted by Legend 1st on 03 Feb 2020

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    Rabbitohs

    Definitely not, just because she spoke on an opinion that she believes in, the lefties became appalled and demanded that they change the name of the Margaret Court arena. No way, this woman is probably the greatest woman tennis player the world has seen. Certain American people should butt out, go home and change your own tennis complexes. Hey McEnroe, you won around 8 grand slams, this woman is around the 60 mark. Your behaviour on the courts were an utter disgrace, and here you are telling us to change the name because of an opinion. Go Home Mac, Tennis Australia you are a disgrace as to how you have treated Margaret Court, would have been great to get her to present the trophy to the winner of the ladies singles.

    Posted by Rabbitohs on 03 Feb 2020

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    Rabbitohs

    Definetly not, just because she spoke an opinion the lefties were apaple

    Posted by Rabbitohs on 03 Feb 2020

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    Thomas

    She's a nobody's toenail who should be wiped from history.

    Posted by Thomas on 03 Feb 2020

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    Pamela

    Her beliefs are consistent with many of her generation. I don't agree with them, but she is entitled to hold them. Her tennis achievements are the reason the arena is named after, so it should not be renamed.

    Posted by Pamela on 03 Feb 2020

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    YT

    I think it should remain the same. Each Australian has a right to their own religious beliefs and just because you don't agree does not make her wrong. Margaret is not homophobic, I think she is a very strong person to stand up to her beliefs even though people do not agree with her.

    Posted by YT on 03 Feb 2020

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    James

    I think it should stay named after her

    Posted by James on 03 Feb 2020

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    godsbaby

    Why would it? It was for her tennis not herb beliefs! It is about time grew up and started to see that, we might not agree but we can all have our own opinion and beliefs, without someone crying ' Fowl".

    Posted by godsbaby on 03 Feb 2020

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    Ria

    I do not agree to call it by a differeent name! I do believe that in Australia we have the freedom of speech ( at least so far, that could change in the near future as our government is hell bound for changes to all good things) and to my knowledge there is still freedom of religion. All these things cannot take away her tennis history or prowess. It must remain the same!

    Posted by Ria on 03 Feb 2020

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    Melanie

    What she did in Tennis should be recognised. Her religious beliefs should be upheld, there is religious freedom in this country. We all have the right to believe what we want to. She is just upholding what is in the Bible. You don't have to believe the same but you should shame someone because they have different views.

    Posted by Melanie on 03 Feb 2020

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    Melanie

    oops you SHOULDN"T shame someone.

    Posted by Melanie on 03 Feb 2020

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    Ross

    No way, her religious beliefs are in no way related to her sporting achievements, and if morality is a factor then many other public buildings should be renamed as well.

    Posted by Ross on 03 Feb 2020

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    Gilgamesh

    If it wasn't for her sporting achievements we wouldn't even be talking about this anyway!!!

    Posted by Gilgamesh on 04 Feb 2020

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    roger

    definitely not. the govenment is encouraging homosexuality. i have got nothing against gays, but come on its not it’s not normal, so don’t make out it is, but thanks to government it will be the new norm. you can already see it everywhere, e.g. women playing rugby, cricket, driving outback 4 wheel drives just take junior to school, what a crazy society.

    Posted by roger on 03 Feb 2020

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    Henry

    Definitely - she has abused her powers of "fame" to defame minority groups!

    Posted by Henry on 03 Feb 2020

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    flyhigher

    used her fame to tell the truth

    Posted by flyhigher on 04 Feb 2020

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    musicveg

    YES, we should not have people's names highlighted if they are not into equality and unity, I don't care what she achieved in the past, it is what she does now that marks her name. Personally I am not into sport and don't get why you should name a sporting arena after a person anyway, why name it with a location name.

    Posted by musicveg on 03 Feb 2020

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    lwcarden

    No definitely not - she has achieved a fantastic record and should be respected and admired for what she has done. Her beliefs as a pastor and a Christian should not have any impact whatsoever.

    Posted by lwcarden on 02 Feb 2020

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    rickyb595

    No leave it as

    Posted by rickyb595 on 02 Feb 2020

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    reddy41

    No the Court should NOT BE renamed. She is an Australian Champion and should be recognised as such. What she says about others is NO DIFFERENT to any other person having a personal opinion. If it upsets you - grow up. All people express their opinions - I just did as well.

    Posted by reddy41 on 02 Feb 2020

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    Benn

    Nope. Renaming should never occur just because a few lgbts, sjw's, or whatever disagrees with that person's views. Besides, most of these claims against her are nonsense anyway

    Posted by Benn on 02 Feb 2020

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    patrick

    No change should be made

    Posted by patrick on 02 Feb 2020

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    christine

    i donot think so it is named for her achevments not her apinunes sorry about the spellen

    Posted by christine on 02 Feb 2020

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    flyhigher

    all okay my spelling has improved by using the inter-met

    Posted by flyhigher on 04 Feb 2020

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    Katie

    NO. Everyone has a right to an opinion, even though there is a time and place for people to voice their opinion. Many other sports people have done controversial things and had their have come back from that i.e: Shane Warne, David Warner, Steve Smith. I think people are being too precious about being politically correct. Margaret Court is still a true sportswoman. Atheletes today aren't willing to put in the hard work that is needed to achieve what she did.

    Posted by Katie on 02 Feb 2020

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    Neil

    Absolutely not until another female tennis player achieves mo than she did.

    Posted by Neil on 02 Feb 2020

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    Offspring

    No definitely not.

    Posted by Offspring on 02 Feb 2020

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    synagy

    No, her athletic accomplishment's should be separate from her personal beliefs.

    Posted by synagy on 02 Feb 2020

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    aroundabout

    yes. whilst a great female tennis player, she only played 2 sets per match, whereas someone like Roy Emerson played three. name it after Roy

    Posted by aroundabout on 02 Feb 2020

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    Lady Kezza

    I think it should be renamed bc in this day and age homophobia is unacceptable and what is this doing to Australia’s reputation overseas?

    Posted by Lady Kezza on 02 Feb 2020

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    Straight Talk

    What does one's sports accomplishments have to do with personal beliefs?

    Posted by Straight Talk on 02 Feb 2020

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    Beverley

    This lady is and has been a very accomplished female tennis player Australia has had. Everyone have their own beliefs and thoughts. Her athletic accomplishments should be separate to her personal beliefs

    Posted by Beverley on 02 Feb 2020

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    dizzyspell

    NO !NO! NO!

    Posted by dizzyspell on 02 Feb 2020

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    Gangus

    Go on... be and stay peaceful... ! Why not "Margaret Court Court"? Mathematically inclined might easily change it to "Maggie Court Squared", or Victorians merely "MC Court". Might be catching...

    Posted by Gangus on 02 Feb 2020

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    Paula

    Why is it that the people who bang on about tolerance the loudest are the most intolerant? Why do so many people go around minding other peoples business? Margaret Court is a preacher who preaches to her flock. Her tennis and her preaching are very different. If I hear something I don't like I ignore it, especially if I believe it not to be true. If you don't like her message don't listen. She has well and truly earnt the right to have the arena named after her. Please, you left wing loonies, go away and mind your own business!

    Posted by Paula on 01 Feb 2020

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    BerryBear

    No. I don't share her beliefs and I don't care what her's are. We still live in a democratic society and she has the right and freedom of speech. The honour is for her achievements not because she is a nice person. She has never been anything other than real. If society is offended by opinions from anyone then it needs to look at it self and realise that tolerance also works the other way. Stop Idealising people and get real, celebrate peoples achievements not whether they fit into your nice or not precious ideas. I am not a Kim Kardashian fan at ALL! but I respect peoples right to view it and her right to put her life out there for other people to watch. And my beliefs don't decide what value other people have in life. We all add value one way or another so lets not stop each other from doing so. The Margaret Court Arena was named in recognition of her achievements and to inspire the realisation in others that this achievement is possible.

    Posted by BerryBear on 01 Feb 2020

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    Raelene

    Totally agree

    Posted by Raelene on 03 Feb 2020

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    Apostle

    no ,Margaret was the greatest female tennis player!!!

    Posted by Apostle on 01 Feb 2020

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    Kezzamo

    No, it should not be renamed. She is allowed to have her own opinion.

    Posted by Kezzamo on 01 Feb 2020

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    Ross311267

    Absolutely not, people are ridiculous

    Posted by Ross311267 on 01 Feb 2020

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    Straight Talk

    Indeed and are Australians actually going to allow two Americans to dictate to them??? Surely not!!

    Posted by Straight Talk on 02 Feb 2020

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    Tara

    No, it should not be renamed. It should stay the same and everyone should celebrate her accomplishments as Australia's most successful tennis player. Acknowledge her success for what it is and respect her personally too even if you don't agree with her views. Freedom of religion and freedom of speech are human rights that should not be taken away. Personal beliefs should not be silenced.

    Posted by Tara on 01 Feb 2020

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    Nicolara

    No it should not be renamed. In this country we have freedom of speech and freedom of religion for which we should be very grateful. Whether or not we agree with each others point of view is immaterial. We need to respect that every one else has the right to have an opinion contrary to ours.

    Posted by Nicolara on 01 Feb 2020

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    Zoec

    It should not be renamed. If we did, we would be more guilty of prejudice than others are saying Margaret Court is. She is as entitled to express her opinion as those who oppose her are. To take away her honours just for having an opinion is very narrow-minded.

    Posted by Zoec on 01 Feb 2020

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    Straight Talk

    Thank-you for pointing out the obvious.

    Posted by Straight Talk on 02 Feb 2020

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    John

    We are told by the almighty media to celebrate differences. Well Margaret Court has expressed her opinion and it may be at odds with the almighty media but let’s celebrate that an NOT make hypocrites of ourselves by agreeing with them. Let’s celebrate Maragaret Courts achievements and allow her the dignity of difference. She has deserved the honour!!!

    Posted by John on 01 Feb 2020

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    foxyone

    No bloody way

    Posted by foxyone on 01 Feb 2020

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    webby

    No; her name should live on forever because of her achievements in the game.

    Posted by webby on 01 Feb 2020

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    Guin

    Absolutely not! Keep her name on the venue!

    Posted by Guin on 01 Feb 2020

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    Michael123

    No!!!

    Posted by Michael123 on 01 Feb 2020

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    coaster

    She won the right for her tennis accolades and that is separate from her view point. Unfortunately, religious ideologies preach divisive opinions and hate in some cases where they should be teaching respect and acceptance. A pity her views have now overshadowed her achievements on the courts.

    Posted by coaster on 01 Feb 2020

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    Ron

    yes she is a bigot

    Posted by Ron on 31 Jan 2020

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    Straight Talk

    A bigot is a person who is intolerant towards those holding different opinions. What does calling someone a bigot make the person using that term?

    Posted by Straight Talk on 02 Feb 2020

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    Gilgamesh

    A person who is sick of hearing others telling others how to live they life.

    Posted by Gilgamesh on 04 Feb 2020

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    OIGLE38

    Definitely not! She is the champ. I totally disagree with her views about life, the universe and everything; but that does not detract from my admiration for her achievements. When she arrives in the afterlife, Anubis, Mut and Amut will sort out her soul! It may not be pleasant for her - that is punishment enough!

    Posted by OIGLE38 on 31 Jan 2020

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    Cookie_Wookie

    Absolutely Not, Margaret was such an accomplished tennis star that one of Australia’s major arenas was named in her honor !!! How feeble people are... We voted for marriage equality, they got it !! Now it's all gotten way out of hand its pathetic !!!

    Posted by Cookie_Wookie on 31 Jan 2020

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    thommo

    Definitely Not. Imagine supporting the views of Mcenroe & Navratilova

    Posted by thommo on 31 Jan 2020

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    Rickroo

    No of course not otherwise all the arenas would have to be renamed it’s bad enough we have to have Perth stadium called Optus what rubbish leave it and Margaret courtnalone how humiliating it’s if d for the old lady

    Posted by Rickroo on 31 Jan 2020

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    Maureen

    No agree with her or not she is entitled to her own opinion , she earned everything and deserves better respect. Tell the has beens to mind thier own business

    Posted by Maureen on 31 Jan 2020

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    Glen

    Definantly not names are given for a reason at the time.

    Posted by Glen on 31 Jan 2020

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    errolsyd2

    No just leave it as it is. Not everybody agrees with the lgbtqiaxzvc mob. They cover a very small % of the population why are their squeaky voices so loud???

    Posted by errolsyd2 on 31 Jan 2020

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    yancoboy

    The MCA should not be renamed.Margaret was asked her thoughts when the same sex poll was made, some time ago, as were a number of other people at that time. People are allowed to give their opinions and there should be clear separation by many people and the media that comments are TOTALLY independent of their achievements in sport. As for who was called for many years called the SUPER BRAT Mc Enroe and he as an outsider should keep his opinion to himself. I say once a brat he is continuing to be a brat. As for Martina having her say that comments hurt her I do notice the public are becoming a little more attuned to the LGBTQI group and they as a group, are asking for fairness but they are becoming more and more overbearing of attempting to squash the opinions of others. In short the ball in their court. and constricting others I would like to hear what and how hard the cries from the likes of these two people if two of Australian legends went to America and demanded the removal of the name Arthur Ash and to be replaced by that of say perhaps, Jimmy Connors. Channel Nine should not have McEnroe back and I am more than happy to endorse Jim Courier at the present time.

    Posted by yancoboy on 31 Jan 2020

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    Maggie K

    Maggie K Definately not. She deserves it.

    Posted by Maggie K on 31 Jan 2020

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    Carol

    no it shouldnt be she is entitled to her own opinion but, really should not make it so public Everyone else can be the better Christian and forgive her ignorance and let her still have her tennis glory

    Posted by Carol on 31 Jan 2020

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    karwren

    No it shouldn't be. She is entitled as I am and everyone else to her own opinion whether I like it or not. Her achievements she gave Australia is irrelevant and separate to her opinion of other topics.

    Posted by karwren on 31 Jan 2020

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    Ashley

    yes it should change names

    Posted by Ashley on 31 Jan 2020

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    Sarah

    yes, sport like other areas of public life require participants to respect others regardless of differences.She is an ambassador for tennis and the naming of this arena endorses not only her tennis achievements but also her personal vIews which she has chosen to make public.

    Posted by Sarah on 31 Jan 2020

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    Benn

    & that means all folks who enter the public eye deserve to be, from day 1, subject to a panopticon dystopia where they must watch their backs all the time - lest they lose it all for something us average folks have been doing for centuries & still nobody cares about? This, even long after retirement? All because they're famous & make more money than us? Besides which, the media had a choice, & they chose to pubicize this. Public or not, famous people should be entitled to life, love, & the pursuit of freedom like the rest of us. Who are you to say otherwise?

    Posted by Benn on 02 Feb 2020

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    Robert

    No ,She has done it through Tennis and still holds the record.

    Posted by Robert on 31 Jan 2020

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    robert

    No it's as is , where do we draw the line ?

    Posted by robert on 31 Jan 2020

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    William

    NO!!!!!!!!!!1 The court is named after her for her tennis ability, and she still holds the record!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by William on 31 Jan 2020

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    dizzyspell

    NO! DEFINATELY NOT. MARAGARET COURT IS A GREATLY INSPIRING LADY.

    Posted by dizzyspell on 31 Jan 2020

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    Pauline

    No way she is entitled to her opinion same as person who seems to object

    Posted by Pauline on 31 Jan 2020

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    Macca

    No way should it be renamed. A great tennis player fully deserves that honour of having it named after her. Every person has the rights to have their beliefs.

    Posted by Macca on 31 Jan 2020

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    iano

    Absolutely not! She is entitled to her opinion, right, wrong or indifferent (although the left only agree if it is their opinion).

    Posted by iano on 31 Jan 2020

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    zany

    Of course not! her beliefs are separate to her achievements which should always be recognised. How insulting to even suggest they rename the stadium after her wonderful tennis playing.

    Posted by zany on 31 Jan 2020

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    Stella del Mattino

    No.

    Posted by Stella del Mattino on 31 Jan 2020

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    ThePensta

    Hitler was a good painter, should we still celebrate his artistic prowess?

    Posted by ThePensta on 31 Jan 2020

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    Brinny 5

    Hitler was a sadistic murderer! Margaret Court is a moral Lady! You are a Muppet

    Posted by Brinny 5 on 04 Feb 2020

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    Benn

    Mate, he wasn't known for that! He was a leader first & foremost - not a painter!

    Posted by Benn on 02 Feb 2020

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    caperteewaratah

    Hitler was also a murder and psychopath - Margaret Court is a tennis player - your comparison is not realistic

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 31 Jan 2020

  • [8] [2]
    willsacre

    No not at all. Margaret Court was awarded the honour of having a stand named after her because of her outstanding achievements in her outstanding tennis career. Her comments as reported in the media have no bearing at all on her tennis prowess and therefore should not have any bearing on the honour bestowed upon her. Shame on the media and others for making a big deal out of nothing but a personal opinion.

    Posted by willsacre on 31 Jan 2020

  • [1] [1]
    caperteewaratah

    You are correct in saying that the media are the stirrers in this pot - and seemingly in reading some of the comments here it is obvious that some people are not capable of reasoning with their own brains on this subject - Martina is upset - so what - does everyone have to agree with these lgnbiklqi or longwinded name they call themselves - or everyone else is wrong? no they can take it like everyone else has to when comments are made they are not that precious, surely?

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 31 Jan 2020

  • [3] [10]
    ThePensta

    yes, whilst her tennis achievements were great, her outdated opinions have no place in modern society

    Posted by ThePensta on 31 Jan 2020

  • [0] [0]
    Straight Talk

    Wow, so you have no respect for freedom of speech? How do personal beliefs nullify sports achievement? Did anyone ban Martina from playing? It takes a mature not a modern person to be able to handle others differing opinions.

    Posted by Straight Talk on 11 Feb 2020

  • [0] [1]
    Paula

    Perhaps you would also like to burn books you feel are outdated like Hitler did? Doesn't that make you just like Hitler?

    Posted by Paula on 01 Feb 2020

  • [1] [0]
    BerryBear

    I had so many answers to this post but then I realised. I need to accept that's how you feel. I personally do love other peoples opinions whatever they are because they teach us how to be. Your opinions in life (whatever they are) will one day be outdated too. Goodluck.

    Posted by BerryBear on 01 Feb 2020

  • [9] [4]
    nickname2013

    Absolutely not. Margaret has earned the honor. Keep it as is.

    Posted by nickname2013 on 31 Jan 2020

  • [6] [3]
    Carsie

    No. She has been a wonderful ambassador for tennis for years. Her personal views are hers and have nothing to do with her tennis achievements.

    Posted by Carsie on 31 Jan 2020

  • [5] [11]
    Ally

    Yes, it should be changed as she shouldn't be making homophobic remarks like Israel Folau did. I believe everyone has the right and freedom to love who they want to love whether they are gay or straight or transgender.

    Posted by Ally on 31 Jan 2020

  • [0] [1]
    Paula

    Surely she is just as entitled to her opinion as you are.

    Posted by Paula on 01 Feb 2020

  • [7] [4]
    Kevin

    No. She deserves this honour.

    Posted by Kevin on 31 Jan 2020

  • [7] [3]
    946 Scenic Highway Kinka

    I do not believe it should be renamed Margaret earned the right to have this to her credit no do not rename

    Posted by 946 Scenic Highway Kinka on 31 Jan 2020

  • [8] [3]
    Neil

    No I am sick of the constant left wing pressure and anti Christian content.

    Posted by Neil on 31 Jan 2020

  • [4] [1]
    Reg.

    I think if she had been a Moslem there would have been a civil war .

    Posted by Reg. on 31 Jan 2020

  • [6] [1]
    Wayne

    No way. like most have said this is a sport stadium recognising her tennis achievements not a church recognising her religious beliefs. She is entitled to her beliefs not that I agree with her on these specific beliefs.

    Posted by Wayne on 31 Jan 2020

  • [1] [2]
    Robot37

    Should not be renamed unless another female player achieves more success than Margaret did.

    Posted by Robot37 on 31 Jan 2020

  • [7] [1]
    arlie

    No this is recognition of her sporting achievements not her religious beliefs.

    Posted by arlie on 31 Jan 2020

  • [7] [1]
    Horn

    Definitely not , her sporting achievements and religious beliefs are two different issues.

    Posted by Horn on 31 Jan 2020

  • [7] [1]
    Barry

    No the Margaret Court Arena should remain as a tribute to this Iconic tennis player.

    Posted by Barry on 31 Jan 2020

  • [8] [2]
    jiminshii

    No, the Margaret Court Arena does not need to be renamed!

    Posted by jiminshii on 31 Jan 2020

  • [5] [1]
    Kylie

    Remain the same

    Posted by Kylie on 30 Jan 2020

  • [5] [1]
    Junet

    Should not be change

    Posted by Junet on 30 Jan 2020

  • [10] [2]
    RJOZ2019

    I agree that the Arena name should never be changes. Margaret Court earned the right to have your name on the arena through her extraordinary sporting talent and tenacity. Her personal beliefs and views have no bearing on her talent as a tennis player representing this nation. I am a firm believer of free speech and Margaret Court or anyone has the right to say whatever they wish, no matter how offensive or repugnant it might be to others. In a civil society we dont ban speech we dont like, we encourage more of it through civilised debate. For the record, I am one of those people Margaret Court might dislike because it goes against her religious teachings, but I dont hate her or want to see her treated poorly, shes an Australian Tennis Champion and deserves our respect and honour.

    Posted by RJOZ2019 on 30 Jan 2020

  • [6] [1]
    caperteewaratah

    Agreed and what the ones who think free speech should be banned - is that the ones advocating what she is against have just as much right to say what they think. It seems that these groups who are complaining think no one should be able to speak about their beliefs. Of course speaking about these things needs to be done with respect and not being abusive. Someone higher than humans gave us the rules and if people decide to break the rules then they have the freedom to do so but we will all have to answer for our behaviour one day.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 31 Jan 2020

  • [3] [3]
    Debsy

    The Arena should not be changed. She must keep her religious beliefs to herself though

    Posted by Debsy on 30 Jan 2020

  • [1] [1]
    Paula

    She is a preacher Debsy, and that's what they do, they preach.

    Posted by Paula on 01 Feb 2020

  • [5] [1]
    Horn

    Dear Debsy , Yes to your 1st sentence , and no to your 2nd , as Margaret Court has the same right to voice her beliefs as do those who are against her . Freedom of speech is still alive and well .

    Posted by Horn on 31 Jan 2020

  • [5] [1]
    p/ant

    NO it should be left as it is, just because the ones do not like her views on some subjects they want her silenced, to me I do NOT LIKE THEIR VIEWS SO THEY SHOULD PISS OFF.

    Posted by p/ant on 30 Jan 2020

  • [6] [2]
    Lucinda

    No, I do not believe that it should be renamed. She made history in the tennis court/world and it should only be that for which she is remembered in history! Her personal feelings, whatever they may be, should remain that, personal feelings/views!

    Posted by Lucinda on 30 Jan 2020

  • [2] [10]
    Ray

    Yes if she cannot keep her personal feelings to her self

    Posted by Ray on 30 Jan 2020

  • [0] [1]
    Paula

    A persons private belief has no bearing on how well they do their job, so why should they be punished for what they believe. If that were the case I wonder how many people would keep their job if they had to state publicly what they believe.

    Posted by Paula on 01 Feb 2020

  • [2] [0]
    Horn

    What B/ S Ray one set of rules for you and another set for her . How is that right ?

    Posted by Horn on 31 Jan 2020

  • [1] [1]
    caperteewaratah

    Well then lets put a muzzle on you too as you are advocating no free speech. We are allowed to speak about our beliefs in case you don't know or would you prefer we live in a place like China and Russia where people are jailed for practising their faiths.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 31 Jan 2020

  • [5] [2]
    Rupert

    The court should NOT be renamed. Her Athletic accomplishments should be kept separate from her personal beliefs.

    Posted by Rupert on 30 Jan 2020

  • [7] [1]
    socker

    No she earned the honour through her ability as a sport oerson.

    Posted by socker on 30 Jan 2020

  • [2] [9]
    HAL9000

    While she is entitled to her opinions she doesn't have the right to ram them down our throats. As she has continued with these comments I do not believe that she deserves to have anything named after her.

    Posted by HAL9000 on 30 Jan 2020

  • [1] [1]
    GJ

    Why should we have YOUR opinion rammed down our throats???

    Posted by GJ on 31 Jan 2020

  • [3] [1]
    caperteewaratah

    In Australia we are free to speak about our beliefs so then maybe you should be stopped speaking about what you think - you seem to think that freedom applies only to yourself and others who want to ram down our throats their lifestyles - they are free to do what they want but we don't all have to applaud them.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 31 Jan 2020

  • [7] [1]
    ranceby

    i truly hate the comments made by margaret court, however she is entitled to her opinions just as much as i or anyone else. people need to step back and take a breath. its getting to a stage where a minority can change anything if they continue to push. are we going to change the name of Australia because some people didnt like capton Cook. come on people get a life.

    Posted by ranceby on 30 Jan 2020

  • [7] [2]
    Jacqui

    Just asking the question is an insult to Margaret Court

    Posted by Jacqui on 30 Jan 2020

  • [2] [2]
    Old Man

    This is my second entry to this. Evonne Goolagong as we all know is am great Australian and a wonderful tennis player. Time will come when we will see the Evonne Goolagong Arena, But I'm sure Evonne would not like to see the re-naming of an Arena to carry her name. I say this as I do know Evonne is to polite to make comment on this subject. And is this why We all Love Evonne so much, Respect where respect is required.

    Posted by Old Man on 30 Jan 2020

  • [9] [2]
    Old Man

    Margaret Court was awarded the Honor of this Tennis Court after Her, Reason, Her Tennis Achievements. Was not awarded to her for anything else. As for The RAT (McEnroe) , He should take a Countryman's advice I heard some time back, this was . Time to shut his mouth and put his brain in order. The second one here is pushing her own Barrow and her own Life style that she wants everyone else to follow (Nat Rat). So who here is pushing their life style one others. Margaret Court never made comment on the Tennis Court is was in her life after Tennis, where as the Rat and Nat Rat they are making comment on the Tennis Court. So lets look at it who's full of it and who's OK. I'm all for Margaret Court, She is a Great Australian and not a Septic Tank with a loose mouth.(Potty Mouth)

    Posted by Old Man on 30 Jan 2020

  • [1] [1]
    Horn

    Correct on all counts !!

    Posted by Horn on 31 Jan 2020

  • [8] [1]
    Shalley

    Absolutely not! Her achievements speak for themselves. She has be honored for her tennis achievements not her opinions. She is entitled to her opinion even though many do not agree with her.

    Posted by Shalley on 30 Jan 2020

  • [12] [2]
    Bill

    She is entitled to her opinion, it should not be renamed at all. McEnroe, & NavRAT, should go back to where they come from and keep their mouths shut and not venture to Australia again.

    Posted by Bill on 30 Jan 2020

  • [3] [1]
    caperteewaratah

    Yes they are pushing their opinions as if they are right and everyone else who speaks on this matter are wrong. They can speak their opinions freely so should Margaret Court be able to speak freely as we all are. The ones who are saying people should not be saying these things are in the wrong - what is it that they are worried about? that someone else does not agree with them ? too bad for them they are like naughty children who do not want to listen to correction. They need to grow up.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 31 Jan 2020

  • [10] [2]
    Sam

    No! Just because she has views that are different to others she is entitled to her opinion whether or not people share the same views. People need to stop telling others what they can say as freedom of speech is vital in our world. We are currently living in a nanny state and it is deteriorating our society, if you don't like what someone says then simply don't read it! John McEnroe is just simply grandstanding to gain more publicity for himself and has always been a self centered little brat who throws tantrums both on and off the court.

    Posted by Sam on 30 Jan 2020

  • [2] [1]
    caperteewaratah

    Yeah maybe he thinks HIS name should be on the court - he is just a brat and always has been. Typical of brats - they always think they are the only ones who matter - self centred and insular. She has the right of free speech as well as McEnroe - he can speak his opinion as she can.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 31 Jan 2020

  • [8] [3]
    Heather

    No...Margaret Court is intitled to her views also she has earned this honour

    Posted by Heather on 30 Jan 2020

  • [13] [2]
    lordofthekitchen

    No, Never, she is a great Australian, she speaks her mind, are we to be ruled by the few who think they have the right, Israel Falou was stopped from working by these people, people have the right to think what they like, as did these two, who cares if you are gay or not, only the gays it would seem

    Posted by lordofthekitchen on 29 Jan 2020

  • [9] [2]
    ALEXANDRA

    Israel Falou was stopped from working because he signed a contract with Rugby Australia to not bring the game into disrepute, not just because he had a go at LGBT/ DRUNKS and adulterers. Margaret Court has never been at the dispute over any player contracts probably because they never had any clauses about inciting abuse to LGBT people. Times have changed and I think it speaks volumes in that when she received her trophy there was no standing ovation from the packed arena. Keep the court named after her for her achievement and leave her alone with her personal views.

    Posted by ALEXANDRA on 30 Jan 2020

  • [1] [1]
    caperteewaratah

    Only thing about Falou is that he was using his employment as a platform to speak his own opinion, his employer would have no qualms about taking money of those he was speaking about - so it gets back to money - Margaret Court is self employed so broke no rules there - but in all we are in a country of free speech and I don't disagree with that as long as it is not being abusive.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 31 Jan 2020

  • [9] [1]
    pearly

    Totally agree that her success was OUTSTANDING rarely defeated and such a graceful opponent win or lose . A pity some of the current players from USA and Europe have little or no CLASS . Male or Female shove off to Yankee land and grow some humility .

    Posted by pearly on 29 Jan 2020

  • [10] [1]
    chocogirl21

    No it shouldn't be changed because she is a champion tennis player and everyone is entitled to their personal beliefs.

    Posted by chocogirl21 on 29 Jan 2020

  • [10] [2]
    bigcheques

    its a disgrace to even think about changing the name.... she is a champion tennis player, therefore why shouldn't the arena be named after her

    Posted by bigcheques on 29 Jan 2020

  • [11] [1]
    CILLY0

    No - it should remain Margaret Court Arena because of her achievements playing tennis. She did not bring bad behaviour to the game like john McEnroe did with his atrocious actions and mouthing off on the court, nor was she playing tennis and espousing views like Israel Folau - while she played tennis she behaved impeccably. Her personal beliefs and preaching has come about since she became a religious leader and many religious leaders around the world and their followers have different beliefs to those of the gay, transgender, etc., population who strangely enough aren't the most populous in our current society.

    Posted by CILLY0 on 29 Jan 2020

  • [1] [1]
    Murray

    Well said. That response says it all. I feel the question requiring peoples replies has just been answered fully. As far as I'm aware, Australia is still recognised as a Christian nation (whether you practice that religion or others) and not a gay nation - where only their supporters are allowed to control opinions.

    Posted by Murray on 31 Jan 2020

  • [0] [0]
    CILLY0

    Thank you Murray.

    Posted by CILLY0 on 02 Feb 2020

  • [9] [1]
    Ulysses

    No her name shouldn't be removed, she is entitled to her opinion.

    Posted by Ulysses on 29 Jan 2020

  • [10] [1]
    Footywife

    No she is entitled to her opinion. We have freedom of speech. Why do we subjugate the rights of those who hold a different opinion.

    Posted by Footywife on 29 Jan 2020

  • [2] [12]
    timshk

    Definitely separate personal beliefs from athletic accomplishment. Incidentally, I would like to see Court's name expunged from the Arena.

    Posted by timshk on 29 Jan 2020

  • [1] [10]
    Kathryn

    Hear Hear!!

    Posted by Kathryn on 29 Jan 2020

  • [14] [1]
    wrestling collector

    Ridiculous idea,if someone has an opinion some people don't like we are that weak as a nation we just roll over & do what they want.I really am concerned for my grand children growing up in such a place,Margaret Court earnt the naming rights & has done or said nothing that should change that

    Posted by wrestling collector on 29 Jan 2020

  • [4] [5]
    bucket

    No but maybe she should think about posting provocative comments because of her fame and achievements.

    Posted by bucket on 29 Jan 2020

  • [0] [1]
    caperteewaratah

    What lets all say nothing even if we think something is wrong? What about the other side being provocative - with their idea of whats ok? What is one supposed to teach their children about what is right and what is wrong? or is just everything ok with you? You want everyone to be silenced and just take anything that is thrown at you? You can't sit on both sides of the fence - your opinion isn't an opinion why did you bother to post it - its a nothing.

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 31 Jan 2020

  • [9] [2]
    Doc1

    No. The court was named after her because of her outstanding achievements on the tennis circuit. Her religious beliefs are completely separate and they should be accepted. I, personally, don't agree with her views, but she has the right to express them. MacEnro and Navratilova should SU.

    Posted by Doc1 on 29 Jan 2020

  • [10] [2]
    Robert

    Don't give in to the minority groups!

    Posted by Robert on 29 Jan 2020

  • [9] [2]
    shirleyray

    Leave it as is.

    Posted by shirleyray on 29 Jan 2020

  • [10] [2]
    MR A

    I am tired of overseas "guests" telling US what to do. Fix up the mess and troubles in your own country and / or stay away from Australia. You will not alter anything and you make yourselves look childish and meddlesome!

    Posted by MR A on 29 Jan 2020

  • [12] [1]
    jvanes

    It should not be renamed. We supposedly have freedom of speech in this country and her religious beliefs are separate from her sporting achievements. The people preaching diversity need to accept ALL beliefs and points of view, not just those that coincide with theirs. They are hypocrites. McEnroe and Navratilova should worry about the state of the USA where they live before preaching to us.

    Posted by jvanes on 29 Jan 2020

  • [11] [2]
    Koringanal

    Margaret Court Arena is to remain as Named. There is no reason that I can see that demands such a penalty be paid for espousing her views. It should also be remembered that she achieved this marvelous feat of 24 Grand Slam Victories 50 Years ago, long before Tennis Australia be came Politically Correct.

    Posted by Koringanal on 29 Jan 2020

  • [15] [2]
    Daniel E.

    No, the Margaret Court Arena "must not" be renamed under any circumstances. MC is an exemplary "Australian" and a "One in a Million" athlete, who unquestionably deserves the honor of having a first class Australian sporting arena named after her!!!

    Posted by Daniel E. on 29 Jan 2020

  • [14] [1]
    Warwick

    No leave the name and don’t envite the two so call tennis champs no job or invitation back to Aus open if we can find someone to find a back bone and tell the they are not wanted

    Posted by Warwick on 29 Jan 2020

  • [14] [2]
    David

    No it should not be renamed,she was a champion tennis player and the court is named after her for that reason,no other!

    Posted by David on 29 Jan 2020

  • [12] [3]
    Stephen

    No, Margaret court is only telling the truth, she is a very good person and a blessing to Australia.

    Posted by Stephen on 29 Jan 2020

  • [13] [1]
    dizzyspell

    NO!!! It should remain Margaret Court Arena. She is a very accomplished lady.

    Posted by dizzyspell on 29 Jan 2020

  • [13] [1]
    jadron

    NO! they should just piss off and keep out of our business.

    Posted by jadron on 29 Jan 2020

  • [15] [1]
    ian

    What right do two non Australians have to tell us that we need to rename our stadium. Regardless of Margaret Court's opinions she is an Aussie icon.

    Posted by ian on 29 Jan 2020

  • [14] [1]
    Reg.

    It was named because of her Tennis skills not religious beliefs. Now a days there is too much nit picking and trouble stirring by minorities.

    Posted by Reg. on 29 Jan 2020

  • [3] [17]
    saintman35

    yes it should but its only a name so of no importance to anybody but here get rid of name .

    Posted by saintman35 on 29 Jan 2020

  • [14] [1]
    peteqbn

    Not under any circumstances. She is our greatest female tennis player and should be memorialised for that. As for her views, we live in a free country and she's entitled to express them. We can all, if we choose, find something to be offended by on a daily basis, but I think maybe we should all grow up & rather than complain about comments we don't like, just ignore them.

    Posted by peteqbn on 29 Jan 2020

  • [3] [20]
    Spiderwoman

    Like it or not, Margaret Court's views are attached to her as much as her tennis. Naming a public place after her reflects on us all. I would much prefer Evonne Goolagong Arena.

    Posted by Spiderwoman on 29 Jan 2020

  • [3] [1]
    caperteewaratah

    Sports achievements are entirely separate to her personal opinions - why are you not able to see this?

    Posted by caperteewaratah on 31 Jan 2020

  • [11] [1]
    Pedro24

    No. It was named after her because of her past achievements. If it is to be renamed, then call it the Margaret Smith Arena (her maiden name).

    Posted by Pedro24 on 29 Jan 2020

  • [11] [1]
    ollietom

    Margaret is an Australian Icon! Why should someone's religious beliefs take away from that! People are getting too touchy feely nowdays!

    Posted by ollietom on 29 Jan 2020

  • [13] [1]
    Graeme

    Definitely not, just because Navratalova & McEnroe sit on the other side of the fence their biased views mean nothing.

    Posted by Graeme on 29 Jan 2020

  • [10] [1]
    boxoffice

    def not. Down with pinky pc's

    Posted by boxoffice on 29 Jan 2020

  • [13] [1]
    David

    How could you rename the arena? The most accomplished tennis player in Australia, won more grand slams than any one else, but not only that, she won a swag of doubles championships and mixed doubles championships. Who could compare to her record, NO ONE1

    Posted by David on 29 Jan 2020

  • [11] [1]
    Chappo7

    Definitely not

    Posted by Chappo7 on 29 Jan 2020

  • [12] [1]
    Julyn

    No she was awarded for tennis not for her beliefs even thou they affend me personally it doent change that she was a great tennis player

    Posted by Julyn on 29 Jan 2020