Andy Murray, the current world No. 1 tennis player, has responded to the controversy around tennis legend Margaret Court’s Qantas boycott.
Court, a vehement opponent of marriage equality, sparked a furore last week when she announced she would stop flying Qantas in protest of the airline’s advocacy for the reform.
Murray told a press conference at the French Open: “I don’t see why anyone has a problem with two people who love each other getting married. If it’s two men, two women, that’s great. I don’t see why it should matter. It’s not anyone else’s business.
“Everyone should have, in my opinion … the same rights.”
Australian player Sam Stosur said this week she disagreed with Court’s stance and suggested players may choose to boycott Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open next year.
“I guess we’ll cross that bridge when we all get down to the Australian Open next year — and who wants to play on Margaret Court Arena and who doesn’t. And we’ll go from there,” she said.
Both Tennis Australia and the operators of Melbourne and Olympic Parks last week distanced themselves from Court’s comments about her Qantas boycott, tweeting that they were committed to “diversity and inclusion.”
Openly gay Australian player Casey Dellacqua expressed her frustration with Court by tweeting “Enough is enough” alongside a letter to the editor Court had written criticising her family.
Court won a record-breaking 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and is now a Christian pastor in Perth.
She said on Monday she was being bullied for views on marriage equality, and she had earned the honour to have her name on Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena amid calls to have it removed.