Novak Djokovic says Margaret Court’s comments hurt people, but deserve respect



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Novak Djokovic says Margaret Court’s comments hurt people, but deserve respect

Novak Djokovic, the 32-year-old Serbian, who shelved his eighth Australian Open crown on Sunday, said later last week that he could not agree with the Tennis legend Margaret Court’s “hurtful” comments mostly based on religious beliefs but he would not support the concept that Margaret Court arena should be renamed.

If truth is to be told, Margaret, who holds a record 25 Grand Slam titles, offended many around the world with her tattering comment on homosexuality, but she had praised South Africa’s apartheid legislations back in the 1970s.

Nonetheless, recently she had attacked the tennis world in a more disgraceful manner saying the Open era of tennis is full of homosexuals and gays, which eventually had raised a rancour of protests across the globe and John McEnroe alongside Martina Navratilova made an on-court protest over this year’s Australian Open to rename the Margaret Court arena.

However, not many current players were putting a finger on her, apparently out of respect and the Serbian, another player of higher religious belief, had not been any different. Meanwhile, following his triumph over an injured Roger Federer in the ’20 AO semi-final, committing that he had not looked on to Margaret’s comments that much, Djokovic was quoted saying Court had a “difference in opinion” that deserved respect adding “I’ve seen the photo. I’ve seen the banner ... I know what Margaret Court said. ”