Tennis legend Margaret Court has responded to criticism she voiced during the Australian Open, claiming that she was the victim of discrimination.
Because of her views on homosexuality and transgender athletes, Court has become a controversial figure in Australian sports.
Former number 1 in the world, John McEnroe, released a short video about Eurosport UK in January and sentenced Court for their "offensive" beliefs.
"There is only one thing that is longer than Margaret Court's list of tennis performances – it is her list of offensive and homophobic remarks," said McEnroe.
“Margaret Court is actually a ventriloquist who uses the doll's Bible to say what she wants.
"Tennis Australia faces a dilemma – what do you do with your crazy aunt?"
During an interview with Nine News, Court said she was "sorry" for McEnroe and admitted that she was surprised by the ridicule.
“I always got on well with John McEnroe. I always thought we understood each other and always respected him, "said Court.
"I'm sorry for him that he can't separate one part of life from another."
McEnroe and 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova protested in court at the Australian Open last Tuesday, demanding that Margaret Court Arena be renamed. The couple carried a sign that read "Evonne Goolagong Arena".
The court described their actions as "very, very wrong" and suggested that they would not be able to protest like on Australian soil.
"I would never go to another nation, whatever I thought of one person, I would never say," Hey, you should lift your name off a building, "Court said.
"I would never do that … I think that was very, very wrong."
The court previously classified Navratilova as "a great player," but found it "very sad that children are exposed to homosexuality."
The 50th anniversary of the historic Court 1970 Grand Slam was celebrated during the Australian Open and a documentary about their successes was shown. However, the 24-time champion was kept silent during an awkward ceremony in the Rod Laver Arena, in which she received no standing ovation from the muted crowd.
"Lukewarm applause, occasional boos, and an almost sedentary ovation for Margaret Court," wrote New York Times tennis reporter Ben Rothenberg on Twitter.
Court described the treatment she received from Tennis Australia as "very sad," despite keeping her promise to have her career recognized.
"You (TA) wanted to honor me … but didn't celebrate me and my gay marriage views," Court said.
"I am a preacher. You think I will preach the gospel.
"You pointed your finger at me and tried to discriminate against everything I did and I find it very sad."
Court founded a Pentecostal church in Perth in the 1980s where she continues to preach the Bible.