Billie Jean King backs calls to rename Margaret Court Arena

Billie Jean King, former ladies singles champion gestures during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Au

Billie Jean King, former ladies singles champion gestures during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Au

Billie Jean King, former ladies singles champion holds the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis c

Billie Jean King, former ladies singles champion holds the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis c

Billie Jean King, former ladies singles champion talks with Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley, left, during a press conference ahead of

Billie Jean King, former ladies singles champion talks with Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley, left, during a press conference ahead of

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Billie Jean King thinks Margaret Court Arena should be renamed, saying she wouldn't play in this Australian Open if she was still competing because of the 24-time major winner's comments about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

King, a pioneer for equality and diversity in tennis, said she had been a vocal proponent of Court having the second show stadium at the Australian Open named in recognition of her contribution to the sport.

King told a news conference Friday: "I was fine until lately when she said so many derogatory things about my community — I'm a gay woman — about the LBGTIQ community ... that really went deep in my heart and soul."