John McEnroe wants mass gay wedding at Margaret Court Arena
JOHN McEnroe has joined the fray over the Margaret Court debate, vowing he will organise Elton John to host a mass same-sex wedding ceremony if Australia legalises gay marriage.
Appearing in his usually satirical role as the self-appointed commissioner of tennis on Eurosport, the straight-shooting New Yorker took aim at Court.
McEnroe said Tennis Australia should retain Court's name at Melbourne Park - but only to allow John preside over a gay ceremony on Margaret Court Arena.
"As for renaming the court that bears her name at Melbourne Park, the jury is still out," former world No. 1 McEnroe said.
"The self-appointed commissioner of tennis might have a viable solution. Keep the name and when same-sex marriage becomes legal in Australia, I will personally call my good friend Elton John to host the biggest same-sex, mass wedding ceremony ever seen in Margaret Court Arena. Margaret, that's just the kind of guy I am."
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Addressing same-sex unions, McEnroe said: "All right, the self-appointed commissioner of tennis wants to make one thing very clear: he is a strong advocate of same-sex marriage.
"I actually don't see any reason why we shouldn't give them the right to be as miserable as everybody else.
Margaret Court is a legend in our sport with 24 grand slam singles titles and 62 overall. OK, most of them were before the Open era, but who's counting? 34 to be exact.
"And she did lose the first battle of the sexes to Bobby Riggs. Hold on, she lost to Bobby Riggs and then Billie Jean King beat the shit out of Bobby. Now I think I know where that hatred comes from."
McEnroe ridiculed Court's beliefs on lesbians, a stance which has angered Martina Navratilova, Casey Dellacqua, Sam Stosur, Andy Murray and Milos Raonic.
"Margaret Court is telling us tennis is full of lesbians," McEnroe said.
"The way I see it there are three options regarding this statement. Number one - this is true and who gives a f ...? Number two - this is not true and who should give a f ...? And number three - this is half true and should we really give a f ...?"
In a final barb for Court, McEnroe referred to Juan Martin del Potro hugging Nicolas Almagro after the Spaniard broke down with a knee injury at the French Open.
"Oh and Margaret, one last thing - don't get all worked up about del Potro holding Almagro crying in his arms," McEnroe said.
"It's not what you think. It's just a decent human being consoling a friend in distress. We all need more of that these day. Just a decent human being, doing a decent thing. Do you know how hard it is, still, to come out in 2017? Just think about that."