Margaret Court berates Serena Williams for her lack of admiration and says the current era of tennis is ‘so much easier’

Margaret Court has opened up about becoming an ostracized figure in the tennis sphere and discussed Serena Williams’ lack of admiration for her in a rare interview.

The Australian holds the all-time record for Grand Slam singles titles, with her tally 24 more than Williams, who recently withdrew from the US Open in what is almost certainly her last major appearance.
Williams has been widely called ‘the greatest GOAT’ of all time, but Court slammed the American and berated her for not praising Ajla Tomljanovic after their fourth-round match.

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“Serena, I admired her as a player,” Court, who won 13 of her 24 tiles before the Open era, told The Daily Telegraph. “But I don’t think she ever looked up to me.

“I thought it was a shame that Williams didn’t mention her opponent more when she was speaking. We were taught to honor our opponent. We respected each other.”

Although brief, Williams had said – although the focus was mostly on his retirement – afterwards: “I tried, but Ajla just played a little bit better.”

Meanwhile, Court went into more detail about being shunned by the tennis community. The 80-year-old is a minister in Australia, and her deep religious beliefs have led her to speak out against same-sex marriage and LGBT rights – “It’s very sad for children to be exposed to homosexuality “, she said of Martina Navratilova in 1990 – as well as the praise of the former apartheid regime in South Africa.

“I was at Wimbledon this year and nobody even spoke to me. So I thought, ‘Ah, that’s interesting,'” Court said.

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

“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 schedule. 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 didn’t. lost sleep. But the honor hasn’t been there for what I’ve done. In my own nation, I’ve been given titles, but they still prefer not to mention me.

Discussing her own record compared to Williams’, Court also pointed out that she continued to win titles after becoming a mother.

“Serena has played seven years older than me,” added Court. “I finished in my early thirties. People forget that I took two years off. I first retired… when I was 25, thinking I would never come back to the tennis.

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“I got married, had a baby, but then I had one of my best years, winning 24 out of 25 tournaments.

“I came back after two babies. After having the first baby, I won three of the four slams. And Serena hasn’t won a slam since [she had a baby].”

Court also claimed that 11 Australian Open singles titles are just as valuable as Williams’ seven, and said the current era of tennis is “much easier”.

“I often hear Billie Jean (King) say that people didn’t come to Australia in my early years,” she said. “But Maria Bueno, the world No. 1, fell. So did Christine Truman, Ann Haydon, Darlene Hard. Also, Australia had wonderful players. We had five girls in the top 10. Lesley Bowrey won two Roland Garros.

Serena Williams of the United States and former tennis player Margaret Court

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“I would have loved to play in those days. I think it’s so much easier,” she said. “How I would have loved 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.”

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Margaret Court berates Serena Williams for her lack of admiration and says the current era of tennis is ‘so much easier’

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