‘I came back after two babies’: Christian tennis great with most Grand Slam titles ever rips Serena Williams

Tennis great Margaret Court, 80, ripped up the newly retired tennis champion Serena Williams for failing to return admiration.

court, an open Christian largely shunned by the tennis world, criticized Williams during a rare interview with Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

“Serena, I admired her as a player,” Court assured. “But I don’t think she ever admired me.”

Court threw another shot at Williams and said she “didn’t like that Williams stopped mentioning her opponent as she spoke. We were taught to honor our opponent. We respected each other.”

Williams ended her career on Friday at the US Open with a loss against Australians Ajla Tomljanovic.

The 80-year-old Pastor has the most Grand Slam titles of all time and one more than Williams, who has been dubbed the “greatest of all time” or “GOAT”.

Court emphasized that she had a shorter career than Williams, winning Grand Slams after having children.

“Serena has played seven more years than me,” the former athlete told the Telegraph. “I was done in my early 30s. People forget that I took a two-year hiatus. I first retired…when I was 25 and thought I’d never go back to tennis.

“I got married, had a baby, but then I had one of my best years where I won 24 out of 25 tournaments. I came back after two babies,” Court said. “After having the first baby, I won three of the four Slams. And Serena hasn’t won a Slam since [she had a baby].”

The athlete too fire Criticism that their era was less competitive than it is now.

“I would have liked to have played in that era. I think it’s so much easier. I would have loved to have taken family or friends with me. But I could not. I had to go alone or with the national team. People don’t see all that,” Court said. “We didn’t have any psychologists or coaches. It’s a whole different world. It disappoints me that players today don’t honor the game’s past.”

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

Court has received backlash from some in the tennis community for speaking out against same-sex marriage and transgender issues being pushed upon children.

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

“It’s very sad because a lot of press and television stations today, especially in tennis, don’t want to give my name,” she explained. “Only if I have to because I still hold so many records. In 2020 I was due to come to Wimbledon for the 50th anniversary of my calendar grand slam. But then Covid struck, so the honor never happened.”

“The French Open didn’t invite me, the US Open didn’t invite me,” said the athlete. “Rod Laver had won the Slam and I would be honored in the same way, but no. I haven’t lost any sleep over it. But the honor wasn’t there for what I did. I have been given titles in my own nation, but they would still prefer not to mention me.”

In 2011, the court ruled against gay marriage.

“To dismantle this single definition of marriage and attempt to legitimize what God calls abominable sexual practices that involve sodomy reveals our ignorance of the evils that result when society is forced to accept laws that are its very own God-given violating the nature of what is right and what is wrong,” the athlete said back then.

“The fact that the homosexual cry is, ‘We can’t help it because we were born that way,’ as a cause of their own personal choice is a cause for concern,” she added. “Every action begins with a thought. A choice has to be made.”

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