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Martina Navratilova, of the United States, smiles during her doubles match with partner Bob Bryan against Anna-Lena Groenfeld, of Germany, and Frantisek Cermak, of the Czech Republic, at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Tennis player Martina Navratilova wants this stadium name changed because of homophobia


Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova is calling for the Margaret Court Arena in Australia (one of the main courts for the Australian Open) to be renamed because the eponymous former tennis star is a "racist and a homophobe," reports the BBC.

Court, 74, has said that she would not fly on a Qantas airplane if possible because she does not agree with the company's support of same-sex marriage. She has also been interviewed on Christian radio saying that tennis is "full of lesbians."

Navratilova penned an open letter in The Sydney Morning Herald saying that such behavior should not be celebrated.

"It is now clear exactly who Court is: an amazing tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe. Her vitriol is not just an opinion. She is actively trying to keep LGBT people from getting equal rights (note to Court: we are human beings, too). She is demonizing trans kids and trans adults everywhere," wrote Navratilova.

Navratilova also suggested an alternative name for the stadium. 

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