Tennis Today: Australian Open organisers cop plenty of flak while Margaret Court hits back

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In Tennis Today, Australian Open organisers have come in for some criticism while Margaret Court is also unimpressed with the treatment she has received.

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Writing for The Telegraph, Vicki Hodges wants to know “Why was women’s draw treated like second-rate tournament at Australian Open?”

The 2020 Australian Open also cops flak in The Guardian with Kevin Mitchell saying it’s “the tournament that tarnished tennis’s image”.

“From bushfire smoke to the treatment of Navratilova and McEnroe to Djokovic’s meltdown in the final, tennis bounced from one PR disaster to the next in Melbourne,” reads the sub-header.

Staying with events Down Under, Margaret Court has hit back at Tennis Australia with The Age reporting the 24-time Grand Slam winner feels “she has been discriminated against for her views on same sex marriage and labelling the way she was treated at the Australian Open ‘very sad’.”

As for John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova’s on-court protest, Court said: “I think that was very, very wrong.”

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