Court docket received all 4 majors in 1970, starting with the ninth of 11 Australian Open titles in an illustrious profession which yielded a document 24 grand slam victories. Solely German Steffi Graf in 1988 has since achieved the calendar grand slam in males’s or ladies’s singles.
However now Court docket desires a private invite to the 2020 event, a lot in the identical method that her male counterpart Rod Laver was celebrated at this yr’s Australian Open to mark 50 years after his second calendar grand slam.
“I’d hope they’d pay my technique to come like they paid for his and honor me. If they don’t seem to be going to do this, I do not actually need to come.”
In a separate interview, Court docket added that she felt she had been victimized for her views on same-sex marriage.
“However I mentioned what the Bible mentioned and being a Christian, I acquired into hassle for that. So no, I really feel they should not all deliver that into my tennis.
“I believe I needs to be honored. Again within the newbie days I performed, I represented my nation, I cherished my nation, that is all we knew.”
Tennis Australia didn’t instantly reply to CNN’s request to remark, however in an announcement despatched to The Age mentioned the group was “within the means of working via” find out how to mark the anniversary.
“As beforehand acknowledged, Tennis Australia acknowledges the tennis achievements of Margaret Court docket. Though her views don’t align with our values of equality, range and inclusion,” it mentioned.
Court docket’s document of 24 grand slam titles is unmatched in each the lads’s and the ladies’s recreation. Serena Williams is second on the all-time checklist with 23, forward of Graf on 22.
The Australian Open runs from January 14-27 subsequent yr.