While there may be some concerns around the welcome awaited for Margaret Court at the upcoming Australian Open tennis tournament, at least one other tournament is sending an open invitation to her, according to The Age. Organizers of Australia’s biggest LGBTQI tennis tournament, the Glam Slam, have invited Court to attend their tournament which runs from January 30th to February 2nd.
Court, who is now a church pastor. has been widely criticized for her views on gays and the LGBTQI community, with some players even asking for the court named after her at the Australian Open to be renamed. She had to ask Tennis Australia to invite her to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her Grand Slam run just like they had done for Rod Laver in January 2019.
Tennis Australia has said that they would recognise but not celebrate her achievements. Rowen D’Souza, organizer of the event, says, "I really think you would enjoy the tennis, the atmosphere and the celebration that is the Glam Slam.
It’s about people playing tennis. Come and join us.’’ D'Souza met Court at a function in Perth last November and told her how her views on the LGBTQI community hurt their feelings, praised her for her tennis skills, which won her 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and even posed for a selfie with the tennis champion.
He says, ‘‘It is a journey, and Margaret Court needs to be given the opportunity to go on that journey – and if she does, great. And if she doesn’t, that’s on her.’’ D’Souza will be among the 200 players from 35 countries to take part in the tournament.