Why Is Margaret Court Going to Be Honored at Australian Open 2021?

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January 23, 2021 7:04 pm

Former World No. 1 Margaret Court is the most dominant women’s tennis player. Her 24 Grand Slam titles are yet to be matched. Although, Serena Williams is just one shy away from equalling her splendid record. The former World No. 1 had a decorated career, having won 11 Majors at the Australian Open.

Besides her dominance in singles, Margaret won all four Grand Slam titles in the doubles and mixed doubles categories. Overall, she’s won 64 Majors across all events and categories. She was the first female player to win a Grand Slam title abroad. The Australian won the French Open and US Open championships.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 19: A ball boy on the court during a match between Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during day four of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2012, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lucas Dawson/Getty Images)

Margaret Court Will Be Honored on Australia Day

Recently, it was announced, Margaret would receive the ‘Companion of the Order of Australia’ on Australia Day. The Australian is being recognized for her contribution as a tennis player and as a guide for upcoming talents. Back in 2007, she was made an ‘Officer of the Order of Australia’, for her contribution to tennis, as a teacher, and to the association. 

In 1970, Margaret won all four Grand Slam titles. In 1962, 1965, 1969, and 1973, she won three Grand Slam titles in the calendar year. She began competing in 1959 and ended her career in 1979 in the majors. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Rafael Nadal of Spain (L) and Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand react after watching a video replay while on the sidelines during the Tie Break Tens ahead of the 2018 Australian Open at Margaret Court Arena on January 10, 2018, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Margaret was an elegant player who operated with a serve and volley game. Considering that she was bigger in size as compared to the others, she managed to cover the court with ease.

Coming to tennis, the Australian Open will feature big names such as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the men’s category. In women’s, Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will feature.  

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Rohan Kollare

Rohan Kollare is a tennis author at EssentiallySports and is based in Mumbai. Prior to this, he has studied Business Management before which he worked at Disney Hotstar in content operations. During his early years, Rohan used to play tennis at the state and district levels. He idolizes Roger Federer.

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