Billie Jean King Says Margaret Court Arena’s Name Should Change

Published to The New York Times on January 12, 2018

Billie Jean King said Friday that the Australian Open’s Margaret Court Arena should have its name changed because of Court’s derogatory comments about gay and transgender people.

“If I were playing today, I would not play on it,” King said at a news conference three days before the tournament begins.

King, who won her first Australian title 50 years ago by beating Court in the final, said, “I personally don’t think she should have her name anymore.”

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