Former World No.1 and 24-time Grand Slam champion Margaret Court found herself back in non-tennis headlines in Australia on Thursday, as the all-time WTA leader in Grand Slam singles titles ignited controversy when she penned an open letter to The West Australian newspaper.
Court spoke of her intent to boycott Qantas Airlines due to its recent stance on same-sex marriage and families. Alan Joyce, the CEO of Qantas Airlines, has been vocal in his support of same-sex marriage, for which related bills have been brought before the Austrailian Parliament at least 20 times, according to The Independent.
Both Tennis Australia and the official Twitter account of the Margaret Court Arena - the stadium at the Australian Open in Melbourne Park which bears Court's name - each issued statement's in response to Court's comments.
"As a legend of the sport, we respect Margaret Court's achievements in tennis and her unmatched playing record," Tennis Australia's statement read. "Her personal views are her own, and do not align with Tennis Australia's values of equality, inclusion and diversity."
Six-time Grand Slam doubles finalist Casey Dellacqua, who has two children with partner Amanda Judd, took to Twitter later on Thursday to share that her former World No.1 compatriot had previously written another op-ed letter to a newspaper about the LGBT community - criticizing her and her family after the birth of their first child, son Blake, in 2013.
"Enough is enough," the 29-year-old wrote.
Dellacqua's compatriots were quick to voice their support on social media, including doubles partner Ashleigh Barty, with whom she has reached three of her six career Grand Slam doubles finals and will contest the final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Saturday ahead of the French Open.
The owner of five WTA titles in doubles and the mixed title at the 2011 French Open, Dellacqua achieved her career high singles ranking of World No.26 in September of 2014, and a career high doubles ranking of No.3 in February of last year.