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Australian Open players show nimble verbal skills on Margaret Court issue

Most equivocated when asked to comment on Billie Jean King’s call for the tournament’s second court – named after Court – to be boycotted or renamed

The Margaret Court conundrum remains the effluent in the room at this Australian Open, and it exercised the nimble verbal skills of most of the players two days before a ball was due to be struck.

Mostly they equivocated when asked to comment on Billie Jean King’s honourable and reasonable suggestion that the tournament’s second court – named after Australia’s finest ever player, whose 24 career majors remain one win clear of the absent champion, Serena Williams – be either boycotted, renamed or both.

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