McEnroe and Navratilova campaign to rename the "Margaret Court Arena"

John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova, in a double at Wimbledon. – Dave Shopland / BPI / REX

The anti-Margaret Court sling continues. According to television footage, Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe left the court on which they had just played a senior mixed doubles on Tuesday at the Australian Open, holding up a sign with the inscription: "Evonne Goolagong Arena".

The two American tennis glories, which condemn the controversial remarks of the Australian champion, Margaret Court, on apartheid and homosexuality, militate so that the "Margaret Court Arena", one of the main courts of Melbourne Park, is renamed "Evonne Goolagong Arena". Court, 77, holds the absolute record for grand slam titles with 24 trophies. His compatriot Goolagong, 68, the first Aboriginal to win a "Major", has seven.

"Crazy Auntie"

Navratilova, who released an open letter on Tuesday asking to change the name of the second most important court in the Australian Open, also climbed into the Umpire's chair to make a statement, but television quickly interrupted. its retransmission, according to media.

"It pains me to say, but the Margaret Court Arena must be renamed," writes the former world number 1. “As a worthy replacement, my votes go to Evonne Goolagong. Evonne is the embodiment of what a model or hero really is, "she continues.

McEnroe has recently called Margaret Court, who has become a pastor in Perth (west), "a nutty aunt". It was in a video from our colleagues at Eurosport that we invite you to watch. Court has come under heavy criticism for praising the apartheid system in South Africa, saying that "tennis is full of lesbians" and that transgender children are "the work of the devil".