Margaret Court disgusted with The Project

Margaret Court: The Project were 'disgusting' to me

TENNIS legend Margaret Court has doubled down on her controversial criticism of gay marriage and slammed The Project for its "disgusting" treatment of her during an interview last week.

There are calls to have her name stripped from Melbourne's Margaret Court Arena after the 74-year-old announced she would stop using Qantas "where possible" in protest of the airline's promotion of same-sex marriage.

Speaking on Sky News with Andrew Bolt, the current Christian minister cited the Old Testament and said "God made man for woman and woman for man … (to) go multiply the earth".

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She said she felt bullied after her Qantas comments sparked a fierce backlash.

"I think they always said that we were bullying them but I think there's a lot of bullying gone on, intimidation," she told The Bolt Report on Monday night.

"I think everybody has their views. I have nothing against gay people and you know we have them in our church and I help them.

"This is a Judeo-Christian nation and I believe we should protect marriage."


She went on to complain of being mistreated when she was interviewed by Channel 10 program The Project on Friday night.

"I think that was disgusting, actually, the way they did not let me speak," she said.

"They didn't want to hear what I had to say; all they wanted was for people to hear what they had to say."

Court complained earlier to the Herald Sun that host Waleed Aly had been "disrespectful" in cutting off her answers.

Court told Bolt that she would continue to stand up for her beliefs, saying she was focused on protecting children.

"I'm not intimidated because I know who I am, I love family and I just stand up for righteousness and truth," she said.

"In this nation, we have to do that or I think, are we lowering ourselves? What are we becoming as a nation?"

Tennis Australia and the operators of Melbourne and Olympic Parks have all distanced themselves from her comments, but Court believes she has earnt the honour of having the arena named after her.

"I think it's something I deserved. I loved representing my nation, playing for my nation ... I've earnt those honours and accolades and awards," she said.

Women tennis players Martina Navratilova and Richel Hogenkamp are among those calling for the Margaret Court Arena to be renamed.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, however, has defended Court.

"Whatever people may think about Margaret Court's views about gay marriage … she is one of the all-time greats and the Margaret Court Arena celebrates Margaret Court the tennis player," Mr Turnbull told 3AW.

"She's one of the greatest greats of tennis and that's why the arena is named after her."

Court is a former world No.1 who was the first woman in the open era to win the singles Grand Slam.

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