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Billie Jean King Lobbies To Have Margaret Court Arena Renamed Over 'Derogatory' Views

By Koh Mochizuki

Billie Jean King, 74, is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player and is also an activist for gender equality. She continued her stance as an advocate for the LGBT community by suggesting a name change for the entertainment sports venue - the Margaret Court Arena, due to the homophobic comments dispensed by its namesake.

Court, a former Australian World No. 1 tennis player who became a Christian minister in Perth, Australia, took to Vision Christian Radio back in May to espouse derogatory opinions about lesbians.

"Tennis is full of lesbians," she said. "Even when I was playing there were only a  couple there but [they] led young ones into parties. And what you get at the top is often what you’ll get right through that sport."