Margaret Court takes aim at tennis socialite Serena Williams: ‘I can’t believe she appreciates me’

Margaret Court takes aim at tennis socialite Serena Williams: ‘I can’t believe she appreciates me’


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Margaret Court was considered one of the greatest tennis players in history with her. Record 24 Grand Slam titles, She is isolated from the tennis community and says she admires greats like Serena Williams, believing the same respect is not often returned.

Occasionally In an interview with the Telegraph, Australian tennis star Williams, 80, has defended her achievements following her third-round exit at the US Open final.

Serena Williams Celebrates After Winning The Women'S Singles Second Round Match Against Annette Kontaveit Of Estonia At The 2022 Us Open Tennis Tournament At The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center On August 31, 2022 In New York.

Serena Williams celebrates after winning the women’s singles second round match against Annette Kontaveit of Estonia at the 2022 US Open tennis tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2022 in New York.
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“I admire Serena as a player,” Court told the newspaper. “But I don’t think she appreciates me.”

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Still standing at Williams’ record 23 titles, she says her court victories have come in a short span of time – although critics have dismissed her as relatively unremarkable, with most of them coming as an amateur.

Serena has played seven years longer than I have.” She said, “I ended up in my early 30s. People forget that I took two years out. I first retired like Ash Barty when I was 25 and thought I would never return to tennis. I got married, had a baby, but had one of my best years ever, winning 24 out of 25 races.

Margaret Court  Looks On During The Ninth Tennis Hall Of Fame Ceremony During The 2020 Australian Open At Melbourne Park On January 28, 2020 In Melbourne, Australia.

Margaret Court looks on during the ninth tennis Hall of Fame ceremony during the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.
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“I’m back after two babies!” she continued. “After I gave birth to my first child, I won three of the four matches. And Serena hasn’t won since then.”

Court also argued that in her time the sport was more difficult than today’s tennis.

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“I would love to play in this era – I think it’s too easy,” she told the Telegraph. “How I would have liked to take my family or friends with me. But I couldn’t, I had to go by myself or with the national team. People don’t see all this. As amateurs, we had to play everything. Week, because we didn’t have any money. Now, you can fly whenever you want, whenever you want. Come back.

“We’d be away for 10 months. That’s why I retired first in 1965, because I was homesick. You might be with someone else, but it’s not like having your family there. We didn’t have psychologists or coaches. With us. It’s a whole different world. That’s what saddens me – players today don’t respect the game of the past.

Australia'S Margaret Court In Action At The Wimbledon Tennis Championships On July 9, 1973.

Australia’s Margaret Court in action at the Wimbledon tennis championships on July 9, 1973.
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Court, who became a Pentecostal Christian minister in the 1990s, says she was ostracized from the tennis community because of her beliefs, including her opposition to same-sex marriage in Australia.

“It’s very sad because today many press and television programs don’t want to mention my name, especially in tennis,” she said. “Only when they deserve it, because I still have a lot of records.”

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“In 2020, I was supposed to come to Wimbledon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grand Slam on my calendar. But Covid hit, so the honor never happened. They didn’t invite me to the French Open. They didn’t invite me to the US Open.. Rod Laver had overcome the loss, and I was going to be celebrated in the same way, but no. I haven’t lost any sleep over it. But there was no respect for what I did. In my own nation, I have been given titles, but they still prefer not to mention me.

Court took one final dig at Williams, saying she didn’t appreciate her ignoring her opponent, Australian Ajla Tomjanovic, in what could be her final match.

“I thought it was bad that Williams didn’t mention her rivals more when she spoke,” she said. “We learned to be role models for the youth, we learned to respect our opponents, we learned from your mistakes, and we respected each other.”

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