Tennis legend John McEnroe has labelled Margaret Court Australia’s “crazy aunt” in a hilarious online video.
He also urges Serena Williams to win two more Grand Slams so “we can leave Margaret Court and her offensive views in the past where they both belong”.
‘The Commissioner of Tennis’ calls Court ‘crazy aunt’
McEnroe regularly appears in a light-hearted segment for Eurosport UK called “The Commissioner of Tennis”.
In the latest instalment, McEnroe slams Court’s comments on race, homosexuality and the transgender community.
He also criticises Tennis Australia’s decision to recognise her tennis achievements in a special ceremony at Rod Laver Arena tonight:
“The air quality in Melbourne is not the only nightmare Tennis Australia is having, Margaret Court is another one.”
WATCH THE HILARIOUS VIDEO HERE:
Recognition of sporting achievements only
Tonight’s ceremony will mark 50 years since Court won her Grand Slam and claiming all four major tennis tournaments in 1970.
Australian Open director Craig Tiley argues the event is about recognising Court’s sporting achievements only.
“There’s a difference between a recognition of that and a celebration of someone,” he said.
“Her recognition is for her tennis achievements only.”
But McEnroe says in his video that “it doesn’t work that way”:
“You can’t separate the person from their achievements.”
McEnroe praises ‘Glam Slam’ event
Conversely, the Australian Open will host its third “Glam Slam” event at Melbourne Park starting on January 30 in a show of inclusivity.
The event features more than 200 players from 30 countries and is the only LGBTIQ tennis event in the world to be staged during a Grand Slam tournament at the same venue.
McEnroe praises the event in his video.