Margaret Court, the great all-time tennis player who has recently been a controversial figure in the sport due to her religious beliefs, is featured on the Australia Day Honors List

The owner of 24 major individual titles was named Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2007 for her success in the game However, on Tuesday she is to become a companion in the General Department of the Order of Australia (AC)

The names of the honored persons will be embargoed to the media prior to Australia Day so they can prepare material about the recipients to be published on the day

But the news of Court’s Award was posted on social media on Friday by Melbourne writer and broadcaster Justin Smith, who said he had been brought to the attention of “other sources”

Court’s accomplishments in the sport she dominated decades ago are unprecedented.She became the first woman in the tennis open era to complete a singles grand slam that was achieved by winning all four major tournaments – the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open – was achieved in one calendar year

However, your views on same-sex marriage and homosexuality have led to the need to rename Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne Park

Former greats John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova used the 50 Anniversary of the Grand Slam of Court in 1970 to promote the arena named after Australian tennis champion Evonne Goolagong

Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews was asked on Friday about the enhanced honor for Court, saying he was “tired of talking about this person every summer”

“I don’t support that I don’t think she has views that agree with the vast majority of people in our country and that see people, especially those from the LGBTIQ community, as equals and deserving of dignity, respect and security “said Andrews

“But I don’t pass out these gongs. This is not a thing for me, this is for others. You might want to talk to them about why they feel that these views, which are shameful, hurtful, and cost lives, are being appreciated should be

“The vast majority of Victorians don’t support this kind of hateful approach. They want to see us united, they want to see us respected and respectful, and they want to see people able to live safely. Nobody has the right to that to take away from someone else, and those views do so, too, so do you absolutely and that won’t surprise you or anyone else. It shouldn’t. This was my view every day of my public life ”

Court pastors the Pentecostal Church in Perth, which she founded 25 years ago, and has condemned her vocal opposition to gay marriage, her claim that homosexuality is a choice and linked to “the devil,” and her criticism of Transgender athletes

She receives an AC for her service as a player and as a mentor for young athletes

The Governor General’s website states: “Individuals are made Companions of the Order of Australia (AC) for the excellence and excellence of the service of Australia or all of humanity”

Recommendations on persons who should be honored are made to the Governor General by the Council of the Order of Australia

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