Margaret Court digging hole says Australian Stosur

The 74-year-old Court, who won a record 24 grand slam singles titles during a glittering career, said on Wednesday that tennis was "full of lesbians", a week after opposing same-sex marriage in an open letter.

Twenty four-time Grand Slam victor Margaret Court believes a "conspiracy" by the "U.S. gay lobby" is aiming to strip her name from one of the courts at Melbourne Park, the venue of the Australian Open.

Controversy surrounding the tennis great began in March when she said she would boycott the Qantas airline "where possible" due to its support of same-sex marriage.

"It is now clear exactly who Court is: an awesome tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe", wrote Navratilova.

The 74-year-old has been criticised for her beliefs on same-sex marriage, with 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova calling for the Margaret Court Arena to be renamed.

"I think the Evonne Goolagong Arena has a great ring to it", Navratilova wrote, suggesting an alternative to Court.

"And I think if... there's not a nice light in that, then why should there be that name up in lights".

She hit back at Dellacqua (pictured) after the current Australian player voiced her hurt over an article Court wrote in 2013, in which she criticised gay marriage.

"I won't get necessarily into the politics on what something should and shouldn't be called, but I think to some extent definitely there should be some kind of apology and whatever repercussions", he told reporters.

"They have a lot of money behind them", Court told 3AW radio.

'I think I've won more grand slams than any man or woman.

"They could probably get 100,000 petitions in 24 hours because that's how they work".

"What I did not know about until now were the unabashed racist statements she made in the "70s about apartheid in South Africa", she added".

'I think the lobby, yeah, they are a minority in numbers but do have a lot of money behind them, ' she added. "Saying that South Africa dealt with the 'situation" [meaning people of color] much better than anywhere else in the world, particularly the U.S.".

  • Julie Sanders