(CNN)Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe have apologized for breaking Australian Open protocol over a protest to change the name of the Margaret Court Arena. Her statement lasted about 10 seconds before the still-camera feed that covers each of the minor courts ended. Watch Tennis Channel's all-day, all-night, three-week commitment to Roland Garros, the most prestigious clay-court event in tennis. Men's tennis 2020: Will the Big 3 continue to dominate? About transgender children and LGBTIQ: ‘It’s all the work of the devil … tennis is full of lesbians … it is sad for children to be exposed to homosexuality.’”. Let's share her message here.#AusOpen #AusOpen2020 #LGBT pic.twitter.com/ZdI92ZS6Za, "Please win two more Grand Slams so we can leave Margaret Court and her offensive views in the past where she belongs"John McEnroe aka the Comissioner of Tennis is back and he's got a request for @SerenaWilliams pic.twitter.com/3TeKa8JS2B. FB Tweet. Tearful Novak Djokovic pays tribute to Kobe Bryant after Australian Open victory, who was knocked out in the third round of the Australian Open. John McEnroe slams Margaret Court as the 'crazy aunt' of tennis, Religious freedom review: Margaret Court claims anti-gay marriage voices silenced. Had I known I would have done it differently. Martina Navratilova (source: Tennis World) October 18 is Martina Navratilova's birthday. Get two more grand slams this year and get to 25 so we can leave Margaret Court and her offensive views in the past where they both belong," said McEnroe. In their statement, the tournament organisers admonished Navratilova and McEnroe. Australian Open organizers were quick to admonish the "two high-profile guests" for breaking tournament regulations. "But Margaret Court does not belong in that company or category. For that, I apologize to Tennis Australia and recognize and appreciate the great job they have done to make the Australian Open a great event for the fans, players and myself. More. I did not mean to do that.". Would it not be appropriate if the Staples Center [in Los Angeles] were renamed as a tribute to Kobe Bryant? Find out what your cat is trying to tell you with a new cat app, Princess Diana died when Harry was just 12 years old. Credit: DETAILS BELOW. ", "Obviously, it was a success at the U.S. Open," she tells PEOPLE. "I said my piece. Following her on-court protest Tuesday, Navratilova published a letter on tennis.com explaining why she thinks the arena should be named after Goolagong, describing the former world No.1 as the "embodiment of what a role model or hero truly is". McEnroe added: “There’s only one thing longer than the list of Margaret Court’s tennis achievements: it’s her list of offensive and homophobic statements. Later the organisers in Melbourne hit back with a strong statement criticising the pair. ", RELATED: How to Watch the 2020 French Open. Evonne Goolagong Arena. Men's number one player Novak Djokovic is still in the running, and American women's singles star Sofia Kenin just secured a spot in the semis. “But Margaret Court does not belong in that company or category. Courtesy Tennis Channel. Her heritage, her success against the odds, her Hall of Fame career and her exemplary life off court, in which she has given so much of herself to so many causes, are all attributes we can celebrate wholeheartedly. Perfect.”. "I got in trouble," Navratilova told Tennis Channel. ... January 28, 2020. As of 2020, Martina Navratilova’s net worth is. Margaret, Billie Jean [King] and Rod [Laver] were my childhood heroes. She currently resides in Prague, Czech Republic. "I am sorry I broke protocol, I had no idea there was this kind of protocol. October 07, 2020 01:17 PM Advertisement. Tennis legend who won twenty Wimbledon tennis titles including singles, doubles and mixed doubles. "But I would still have tried and made my statement, which is basically you name buildings after not what people just did on the court but also off the court, the whole body of work. “Why not pick someone whom every child can look up to and want to emulate – a champion who inspires and motivates young and old to do their best and be their best every day? You can read my whole statement, I stand by that, but I do apologise for breaking protocol. I wanted to be like them. did not agree with her "demeaning" personal views. Get push notifications with news, features and more. Text us for exclusive photos and videos, royal news, and way more. "They kept the infection level extremely low for everybody involved and I’m sure that the organizers here at Roland Garros would’ve been talking to the people in New York to see what worked and what could’ve been done differently or better. ", RELATED: Americans Danielle Collins & Sofia Kenin to Face Off in French Open Quarterfinals, She continues, "When players played late-night matches when most of the fans had left (in prior years), that’s the feeling you get for every match now, regardless of what time of the day it is. At that point, the umpire’s microphone went dead. Courtesy Tennis Channel. Nobody disputes her achievements on the tennis court, and her place in the sport's history remains as distinguished as it gets. Margaret Court during a Tennis Hall of Fame ceremony on day nine of the Australian Open. Tennis Australia cuts off the feed to @Eurosport. Pinterest. ', Chris Sullivan Talks Debut Album and a New Song He Submitted for, Lee Brice Details His COVID Complications — and Gets Out of Quarantine in Time for Album Release, Engineer Creates App To Translate Your Cat, The Sweetest Photos of Princes Harry with Diana. Currently, the men's and women's singles have reached the quarterfinals stage at the French Open, which began at the Stade Roland Garros late last month. Email Send Text Message Print ... Martina Navratilova on Tennis' 'New Normal' Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic. Margaret, Billie Jean and Rod were my childhood heroes. “But the Australian Open has regulations and protocols with respect to how any fan, player or guest can use our facility, the event and the global stage it provides. “Two high-profile guests have breached these protocols and we are working through this with them.”.

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