Margaret Court comments: A tennis legend on the court, what did she say to be condemned by so many?

Tennis icon Margaret Court’s well-known views on the LGBTIQ community are back in the spotlight after it was revealed that she is on track to receive Australia’s highest honour available on Australia Day.

Melbourne-based journalist Justin Smith on Friday revealed Court will receive the AC – Companion in the General Decision, the highest honour available, on January 26.

Court had already received an MBE, in 1967, and she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007.

But her fundamentalist Christian views on same-sex marriage, transgender athletes and LGBT school lessons, which she claimed were “of the devil”, have sparked fury in the years since.

Her views were denounced as “demeaning” by Tennis Australia last year, who have resisted calls to rename Melbourne Park’s Margaret Court Arena, and news that Court will be honoured on Australia Day has angered many.

Margaret Court watches on Rod Laver Arena on day seven of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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