PARIS (AP) — Andy Murray joined other current players in rejecting tennis great Margaret Court’s recent public stance against same-sex marriage.
The topic has generated discussion at the French Open — including about whether the Australian Open stadium that honors Court should have its name changed. There was also talk about whether a protest of some sort could take place in connection with that Grand Slam tournament next year.
“I don’t see why anyone has a problem with two people who love each other getting married. If it’s two men, two women, that’s great. I don’t see why it should matter. It’s not anyone else’s business,” the No. 1-ranked Murray said Tuesday after winning his first-round match at Roland Garros. “Everyone should have, in my opinion … the same rights.”
Court is an Australian who won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and is now a Christian pastor. In a letter published in The West Australian newspaper, Court wrote that she would stop flying Qantas “where possible” because the Australian airline “has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage.”
The 74-year-old Court has been a critic of homosexuality for decades.
“Obviously, she’s a legend of the sport for Australia,” said Thanasi Kokkinakis, an Australian player. “But I don’t agree with what she said.”
Sam Stosur, an Australian who won the 2011 U.S. Open, said: “I think everyone can have their opinion. I don’t agree with it. But I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we all get down to the Australian Open next year — and who wants to play on Margaret Court Arena and who doesn’t. And we’ll go from there.”
Asked about the prospect of players refusing…