Court's warning: Tennis is full of lesbians

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  • Margaret Court
    Australian tennis player
  • Casey Dellacqua
    Australian tennis player
  • Samantha Stosur
    Samantha Stosur
    Australian tennis player

Margaret Court has revealed her stance on homosexuality in tennis, after hitting the headlines last week by boycotting Qantas due to their support of same-sex marriage.

The Australian tennis legend, who is now a Christian Pastor, told 20Twenty Vision Christian Radio program that tennis today is "full of lesbians".

The 74-year-old went on to explain how lesbians in tennis during her time in the sport were a bad influence on the younger generations.

"Even when I was playing there was only a couple there, but those couple that led, that took young ones into parties and things," she said.

"And you know, what you get at the top is often what you’ll get right through that sport."

Court's comments were related to a question about what transgender athletes mean for the future of sport.

Court watches on at the Aussie Open. Pic: Getty

The 24-times major winner also delved into the subject of transgender children during the interview, saying they are influenced by the Devil.

"With the literature, the bullying, the stuff that’s put out today into children’s minds, I tell you what, if you haven’t got parents who bring you up that way and you’ve got parents that don’t care and you’re hurt and offended in somebody saying something to you," she said.

"I tell you, a child can just start to think ‘well, maybe I am a girl’ when they’re a boy or and maybe I’m a boy and I’m a girl.

"Your thoughts — even medically they’re knowing now — the mind is a battlefield and that’s why I wrote that book Train Your Brain because the mind is, it’s all in the Bible.

Court during her playing career. Pic: Getty

"God’s got so much in there about the mind how it affects us, affects our emotions, our feelings, you can think ‘oh I’m a boy’ and it’ll affect your emotions and feelings, and everything else and so that’s all the Devil.

"That’s what Hitler did, that’s what Communism did — got the mind of the children. And it’s a whole plot in our nation and in the nations of the world to get the minds of the children."

Grand slam champion Samantha Stosur is the most recent Aussie tennis star to hit back at Court, hinting she may try to boycott Margaret Court Arena at next year's Australian Open.

Stosur is passionately backing Casey Dellacqua in her stance against Court after the tennis legend created a firestorm with her public opposition to same-sex marriage.

Stosur is standing up to Court. Pic: Getty

Even the Prime Minister was dragged into the debate after calls to have Court's name removed from one of Melbourne Park's show courts.

Dellacqua - who has two children in an openly gay relationship with former touch football champion Amanda Judd - has received almost 8000 retweets of her post: "Margaret. Enough is Enough."

Stosur was among those to retweet the post and solidified her support for her Dellacqua on Monday.

"Look, I think everyone can have their own opinion. I don't agree with Margaret's opinion," the Australian No.1 said following her first-round win at the French Open in Paris.

"That's why Casey was, obviously, very adamant about that and I wanted to support my friend and that's why I sent out my first tweet in a very long time.

"And, look, it's just not something that I agree with. I think we definitely should have it (same-sex marriage) in Australia."

Stosur said she found it hard to believe Margaret Court Arena's name would ever change, but suggested some players may request not to play on it.

"The court's named Margaret Court Arena because of what she did in tennis, and that's why basically," she said.

"But I guess we'll cross that bridge when we all get down to the Australian Open next year and (see) who wants to play on Margaret Court Arena and who doesn't, and we'll go from there."

Olympian John Millman and teenage wildcard Jaimee Fourlis are also opposed to Court, who wrote in a letter to The West Australian newspaper last week: "I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible."

"It's a little bit inappropriate," Millman said of Court's views.

"I have a lot of time for Casey. I think she's a great person and I think she's a great mother.

"I'm all for any type of relationships. The more people get along the better and so it's a little bit disappointing.

"I just think in this day and age, there's so much worse things happening in the world.

"It's not a bad thing. I think it's a great thing when two people, regardless of their gender, find love and whatever."

Fourlis agreed with her contemporaries.

"I love Casey and two women can parent as good as a man and a woman," the 17-year-old said.

"I've seen the way Casey is parenting and her two kids are unbelievable. They're incredible."

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