Paris - World No 1 Andy Murray has joined a growing list of
players to disagree with 24-times grand slam winner Margaret Court's views on
same-sex marriage but has urged players to resolve any conflicts before the
next Australian Open.
Last week, Court wrote an open letter to Qantas Airlines
opposing their support of same-sex marriage and her beliefs were condemned by
several current and former players, including Australia's Samantha Stosur, Nick
Kyrgios and Jaimee Fourlis.
"I don't see why anyone has a problem with two people
who love each other getting married," Murray told reporters after the
Briton beat Andrey Kuznetsov in the first round of the French Open on Tuesday.
"If it's two men, two women, that's great. I don't see
why it should matter. It's not anyone else's business. Everyone should have the
Retired 18-times grand slam champion Martina Navratilova
reacted by suggesting Court's name should be taken off Melbourne Park's No 2
show court, while Stosur said that players might boycott the venue during the
"If something was to be done, I think it would be a lot
more beneficial to do it before the tournament starts," Murray said.
"For players to be in a position where you're in a slam
and kind of boycotting playing on the court, I think would potentially cause a
lot of issues.
"So I think if something was going to be happening and
the players come to an agreement, if they think the name should be changed or
whatever, that should be decided before the event – before the event
Murray will face Martin Klizan of Slovakia in the second
round on Thursday.