Margaret Court and Ilie Nastase have taken tennis back to dark ages, feels John McEnroe

Paris: John McEnroe claimed Margaret Court was taking tennis back to "the dark ages" with her controversial and sustained outbursts over homosexuality.

The 58-year-old American legend also included Ilie Nastase in his blast after the Romanian recently made derogatory remarks over women and Serena Williams's unborn baby.

File image of John McEnroe. Reuters

File image of John McEnroe. Reuters

Court, the winner of a record 24 Grand Slam titles, has made a string of lurid claims over same-sex marriage, homosexuality and transgender children.

Some of the controversial statements that Margaret Court has recently made are —

Tennis full of Lesbians

"I mean, tennis is full of lesbians, because even when I was playing there was only a couple there, but those couple that led took young ones into parties and things." (May 2017)

'That's what Hitler did' 

"That's all the devil... but that's what Hitler did and that's what communism did -- got the mind of the children. And there's a whole plot in our nation, and in the nations of the world to get the minds of the children." (On transgender children, in May 2017)

"Margaret Court and Ilie Nastase have taken tennis back to the dark ages," McEnroe said in a Eurosport video.

"So I pronounce you man and wife."

McEnroe suggested a solution to the ongoing push to have the Margaret Court Arena at the Australian Open renamed in protest at the 74-year-old's views.

"The jury is still out," he said.

"But when same-sex marriage becomes legal in Australia, I will call my good friend Elton John to host the biggest same-sex marriage ceremony ever seen — in the Margaret Court Arena."

McEnroe added that he was a firm supporter of same-sex marriage.

"I don't see any reason for them not to be as miserable as everyone else," he joked.


Updated Date: Jun 04, 2017 18:04 PM

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