Margaret Court has again asserted her controversial views about transgender and gay people on the eve of being feted at the Australian Open,
Margaret Court has again asserted her controversial views about transgender and gay people on the eve of being feted at the Australian Open,

Margaret Court issues shocking transgender claim

Margaret Court has again asserted her controversial views on the eve of being feted at the Australian Open, saying in a church sermon that LGBT school lessons are "of the devil".

The tennis legend yesterday told the congregation at her Victory Life centre in Osborne Park that transgender athletes are going to cause "so many problems" in women's sport.

Her comments come ahead of the inaugural ATP Cup in Perth this week and Tennis Australia welcoming Court to Melbourne Park next month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her 1970 Grand Slam.

Margaret Court has again caused controversy. Picture: Colin Murty
Margaret Court has again caused controversy. Picture: Colin Murty

Court was midway through her weekly Sunday morning sermon, later posted on YouTube, when she referred to the controversy that her views have sparked across the world.

"I can go on television and if I say, 'Well, this is what the Bible says', well, it's like opening a can of worms," she said. "My goodness, you've let a torpedo off or something. No it's true, because they hate the word of God.

"Even that LGBT and the schools - it's of the devil, it's not of God.

'He made male and female.'

"No, if you are a Christian and you believe the word of God, this is our TV guide to life, our road map to success. And you know with that LGBT, they'll wish they never put the T on the end of it because, particularly in women's sports, they're going to have so many problems.

"And you have got young people taking hormones and having changes, by the time they are 17 they are thinking, 'Now I'm a boy and really I was a girl'. Because you know what, God's made us that way.

"Even with the gay side of things, they have got gay marriage. That's fine, we love the people, but they've still got a conscience."

Court told worshippers "I don't hate anybody" and later defended Prime Minister Scott Morrison from criticism over his decision to go on a family holiday to Hawaii during the NSW bushfires emergency.

She said as a child she played tennis in extreme heat, saying it was "nothing new ... it goes in cycles".

"If we learnt to burn off in the off-season, we wouldn't have the fires we have today," Court said.

The 77-year-old is Australia's most successful tennis player but has become a controversial figure, particularly after her steadfast opposition on religious grounds to same-sex marriage.