Sunday, June 19, 2011
Rant time - Margaret Court, out dated and over rated.
Court, a member of The International Tennis Hall of Fame is regarded by some as the greatest female tennis player of all time, I believe this statement is incredibly false and believe her opinion is bad for tennis. Court won a total of 24 Grand Slam titles, only 11 in the open era essentially meaning the majority of her titles came when professionals were banned from playing as she her self decided to not go pro.
During Court's era the skill level and ability of players was allot less, and no, it was not just because of equipment! If we were to take Margaret Court at her peek and put her against players like Chris Evertt, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Matrina Navratilova, Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin, Venus Williams at their peeks, she would not stand much chance...if any at all. Court is very lucky to be born in the period she did.
Now to her personal opinion, first anyone who trains to be a minister and opens their own church is crazy in my eyes. Not only that but she has her own TV Show as well...on the Australian Christian Channel! Now anyway in 1990 Court stated that Martina Navratilova and other lesbian and bisexual players were ruining the sport of tennis and setting a bad example for younger players...in 1994 when delivering a speech at Parliament House in Canberra, Court exclaimed that "Homosexuality is an abomination to the Lord! Abortion is an abomination to the Lord!" then in 2002, Court said that homosexuals commit "sins of the flesh" and can be "changed" I mean to say those things in a contemporary society in the 1990's and 2000's is just wrong.
Margaret Court is over rate and holds an outdated prejudice opinion that should not be publicly expressed by an influential person such as her self, her expressing these opinions is very bad for the sport.
Thankyou for your time, and for what its worth I think Navratilova is the GOAT, but there is someone else who is not far behind.