Women’s record title holder scolds retired Serena Williams – RT Sport News

Serena Williams’ achievements in tennis were hailed last weekend by a chorus of admirers ranging from Michelle Obama to Tiger Woods and LeBron James, but one name that may not be added to the list is the Australian tennis icon Margaret Court, who delivered a bashing of the newly retired American star.

Court remains perhaps the most enduring achievement in women’s tennis, winning an unprecedented 24 Grand Slam singles titles in her career in the 1960s and 1970s, but has more recently become an outcast in some circles due to her vocal stance. against the same sex. marriage and his support for gay conversion therapy, among others.

Williams’ retirement following her elimination from the US Open by Ajla Tomljanovic ensures that Court’s 24 Grand Slam wins will remain at the pinnacle of women’s tennis, with Williams unable to add to her tally of 23 since her last major victory at the Open. Australian Open in 2017 – although she reached four more finals over the next five years.

And speaking of Williams after her retirement, the oft-outspoken Court claimed she never felt she received the respect from Williams she felt she deserved.

Serena, I looked up to her as a player, but I don’t think she ever looked up to mesaid Court in an interview published in the British newspaper The Telegraph.

Serena played seven years older than me“, she added, noting that Williams had more opportunities to capture tournament crowds throughout his career.

I finished in my early thirties. People forget that I took two years off. I first retired, like Ash Barty, when I was 25, thinking I would never return to tennis. I got married, had a baby, but then had one of my best years, winning 24 out of 25 tournaments..”

Discussing the modern era of tennis, Court added: “I would have loved to play back then. I think it’s so much easier.

“How I would have liked to take my family or my friends with me. But I couldn’t. I had to go alone or with the national team. People don’t see all that.

“We didn’t have any psychologists or coaches with us. It’s a whole other world. That’s what disappoints me – that today’s players don’t honor the game’s past.”

Women's record title holder scolds retired Serena Williams – RT Sport News

Williams has previously spoken of the sometimes calamitous road she’s been forced to take throughout her own career.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want this record“Williams said of Court’s tally ahead of the US Open.

Of course I do. But day to day, I really don’t think about her. If I’m in a Grand Slam final, then yes, I’m thinking of that record. Maybe I thought about it too much, and it didn’t help.

In my opinion, I should have had more than 30 Grand Slams. I had my chances after my return from childbirth. I went from a C-section to a second pulmonary embolism to a Grand Slam final. I played while breastfeeding. I played through postpartum depression.”

Nonetheless, Court’s lyrics also hint at a perceived lack of respect from Williams not just for her, but for her peers.

I thought it was wrong that Williams didn’t mention his opponent [Tomljanovic] more when she was talking“, said the Court.

We were taught to be role models for young people, in the way we behaved. We were taught to honor our adversary. You have learned from your losses. We respected each other.”

Court has also taken aim at the sport as a whole for disrespecting her achievements after saying she was sidelined while attending Wimbledon.

No one even spoke to meshe said of her time in London.

It’s very sad, because a lot of press and television today, especially in tennis, don’t want to mention my name.“, said the Court.

Margaret Court should be celebrated as a great tennis player, not shamefully shunned for her views on transgender and gay marriage

It’s only when they have to, because I still hold so many records. In 2020, I was supposed to come to Wimbledon for the 50th anniversary of my Grand Slam calendar.

But then Covid hit, so the honor never happened. The French Open didn’t invite me, the US Open didn’t invite me. Rod Laver had won the slam and I was going to be honored in the same way, but no.

I haven’t lost any sleep over it. But the honor wasn’t there for what I did. In my own nation I got titles, but they still prefer not to mention me.”

But despite her own self-assessment of her status in the sport, others have claimed there are a variety of reasons why Court cannot be considered the greatest of all time.

Writer Soraya McDonald fumed on Twitter that: “Serena is not considered the GOAT because she is not a rabid homophobe. She’s considered the GOAT because her game is objectively far more athletic and competitive than anyone Margaret Court has ever faced, let alone beaten. Any sane person can see that they are not remotely comparable.”

Another, Charlotte Clymer, added: “Friendly reminder that Margaret Court supported Apartheid in South Africa. That, alone, should be more than enough for you fools to completely cut her off from the world of tennis..”


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