Google Maps Renames Margaret Court Arena


Google has corrected an error that appeared to jump the gun on recent calls to rename Margaret Court Arena

Google has corrected an error that appeared to jump the gun on recent calls to rename Margaret Court Arena after fellow tennis champion Evonne Goolagong.

On Thursday, if Google Maps users found the Melbourne venue manually or searched for surrounding landmarks Olympic Boulevard, the arena appeared in the mapping service as “Evonne Goolagong Arena”.

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But clicking on the venue, or searching for the venue by name, reverted it back to “Margaret Court Arena,” its name since 2003.

A Google spokesperson said the service uses data from “a wide range of sources, including third-party providers, public sources, and user contributions” to build the maps, but it was for this reason errors could occur.

“We recognise that there may be occasional inaccuracies that could arise from any of those sources,” the spokesperson said.

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The name change followed a fortnight of controversy for Australia tennis legend Margaret Court after her announcement she was boycotting Qantas over their support for marriage equality and comments likening LGBTI people to Nazis and the devil.

Fellow tennis champion Martina Navratilova was among those calling for the venue to be renamed, suggesting Evonne Goolagong Arena “has a great ring to it”.

Both Tennis Australia and the operators of Margaret Court Arena praised Court’s incredible unmatched record as a tennis player, but said her personal views were out of step with their policies of diversity and inclusion.