Marie Mahé: published on Tuesday January 28, 2020 at 3.10 p.m.
In Melbourne, John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova tried to demonstrate against Margaret Court, before being reprimanded by the organization of the Australian Open.
They may be two of the greatest champions in tennis history, but that doesn't mean they can all afford it. In any case, what the organization of the Australian Open seems to have wanted Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe to understand. This Tuesday in Melbourne, they wanted to protest and demonstrate against Margaret Court, on the "Margaret Court Arena". John McEnroe, a consultant at Eurosport, had recently said about him, "There is only one thing as long as the list of Margaret Court's successes in tennis: its list of offensive and homophone statements. In recent times, the former Australian champion in the 24 Grand Slam titles, a record, which therefore gave her name to one of the forums hosting the first Major of the year, has regularly been controversial for her judged positions. homophobic. Indeed, the ex-player, who received an honorary trophy on Monday, has never hidden her opposition to gay marriage or the presence of transgender sportsmen in competition.
Navratilova got on the referee's chair …
Navratilova and McEnroe demanded that the "Margaret Court Arena" be renamed in favor of "Arena Evonne Goolagong", as shown by the banner they had deployed. She was an Australian tenniswoman of Aboriginal descent with seven Grand Slam titles. While no official was present on the “Margaret Court Arena” which was gradually emptying, Martina Navratilova took the opportunity to climb up on the referee's chair to try to speak in front of the public. The organizers of the tournament then reacted quickly enough to simply cut off the microphone. In a press release, the officials of the Australian Open made it clear that they did not necessarily appreciate this gesture and they thus wished to make it known: "Each supporter, player or guest must respect the operating rules of our tournament. And this in order to protect its integrity. Two of our prestigious guests broke the rules and we told them about this problem. "