Molly Meldrum is the latest celebrity to return serve to Margaret Court over her negative comments regarding gays and same-sex marriage.
Meldrum joined the chorus of protest, calling for Margaret Court Arena to be renamed after receiving a standing ovation while watching the Elvis, The Wonder Of You orchestral show at the arena on Friday night.
The music legend said he did not feel completely comfortable in the arena after Court’s much-publicised comments.
“I spoke to a lot of people on Friday night, doing a little survey for myself, and they all hated the fact it is called Margaret Court Arena,” Meldrum told News Corp.
“I would love for there to be some sort of poll in Melbourne, to see what the community thinks.”
He said he found Court’s comments “so divisive” that she doesn’t deserve the honour.
“We are all trying to be moderate and tolerant, and she comes out with these hateful comments, and with interpretation of the Bible, which is just wrong,” he said.
“She does not deserve it.”
Meldrum is a big fan of seeing the arena named in honour of Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
Goolagong Cawley was ranked number one player in the world in 1971 and 1976 and has gone on to establish a foundation to “give as many Indigenous children the opportunity to be the best they can be”.
Court, 74, has aroused media controversy by comparing transgender children to Nazi Germany and claimed tennis was “full of lesbians” leading young players astray.
The tennis legend, who won 24 Grand Slam titles, is now a Christian pastor in Perth who made a series of comments to a Christian radio station following her boycott of Qantas in protest at its gay chief executive Alan Joyce’s campaign for gay marriage.
Australian tennis stars Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua, along with all-time great Martina Navratilova, are among those who have publicly condemned Court’s comments.