What Is the Special Honor Margaret Court Receiving at Australian Open 2021?

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January 24, 2021 12:10 am

The Australian Open 2021 is less than three weeks away and the management has decided to honor one of the greatest tennis players of all time at the start of it. That person is none other than Australia’s former player and 24-time Grand Slam champion, Margaret Court.

The tennis legend Court is going to be honored at the upcoming Australian Open 2021. She will be awarded the Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC). This is actually the highest category of honor which the country awards in sports. She will receive the honor on Australia Day.

Court has already won the second-highest award, the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), in 2007. Thus, it’ll be a great achievement for her as she has been successful in maintaining her legacy in the sport.

Court has the most Grand Slam titles in history to date. Apart from winning 24 Grand Slam singles titles, she won 19 Grand Slam doubles titles and 21 Grand Slam mixed titles too.

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Court’s honor has also raised controversy at the Australian Open 2021

While Court is about to receive the greatest honor of her life shortly, there is also another angle in the story. Many fans are even opposing the management’s move as they don’t agree with her views on certain matters.

An Australian Open flag is seen with the city shrouded in smoke in the background ahead of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Although some are saying that she shouldn’t be given the award, some are advocating that her views are separate from her tennis exploits. They believe that Court is getting something because of her exceptional tennis career.

Court too said in an interview that people should separate her personal views on any matter from her tennis achievements. Amidst all the criticism, the management is still going to honor the legend on this Australia day.

The Australian Open will begin on February 8. Serena Williams is also playing at the Grand Slam and will certainly hope to win her 24th Grand Slam title there. Will Serena be able to equal Court in the Grand Slam tally in Melbourne this year?

Also Read: Has Serena Williams outpaced Margaret Court as ‘GOAT’ in women’s tennis?

Anshul Singh

Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. He is a big fan of Roger Federer and is ready to pay anything to watch him play. Before this, he has worked at the 'DU Express' as a writer and an editor. He is an ardent debater and a MUNer as well who has chaired several conferences all over India.

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