Tennis Australia will host Margaret Court at the 2020 Australian Open to mark the 50th anniversary of her grand slam triumph, but it also issued a fresh rebuke of the former champion's widely-criticised opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage.
"When Court uses his public platform, acquired through his prowess in tennis, to insult the LGBTIQ community, it shows that we cannot separate the athlete's court from its harmful views".
"So, I think they "re trying to recognize Ms. Court" s remarkable achievements, they should at the same time do something so visible to the LGBTIQ community at the Open".
No matter the scathing comments from Tennis Australia, she said would be support for 2020.
Court's unapologetic views have massively colored her legacy, to the point that fellow tennis greats Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, among others, have called for the Australian Open's Margaret Court Arena to be renamed.
Tennis Australia has invited Court, her family and friends to the tournament - which starts on 20 January - where she will participate in a "significant programme of events".
The statement also said that TA has been working on a film that will feature interviews from Court and other tennis legends.
In June, TA's production team spent a day with Court at her home in Perth, filming for a mini documentary to be released during the tournament.
"During filming, Court shared precious memories of her time on the tour and intimate reflections on her unmatched achievements", TA said in a statement on Saturday.
In an open letter, it additionally mentioned it could not "rewrite historical past" regarding Courtroom's achievements.
There was some speculation that Tennis Australia would avoid any controversy and not plan any major commemoration of the anniversary.
Court won 24 grand-slam single titles in her career including the Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open and US Open in 1970.
"This is an incredible milestone for me, and I can't quite believe how quickly the time has gone", Court said. "It's always wonderful to catch up with my fellow legends and I'm grateful to Tennis Australia", Court said.
TA did make it clear however that they are strongly opposed to Court's personal beliefs.
"As we have often said, Tennis Australia does not agree with Margaret's personal opinions, which have belittled and hurt many people in our community for many years.to our values of equality, diversity and inclusion".
"It is with all of this in mind that we will continue to promote and celebrate inclusiveness and diversity".
"They elevate out no longer align with our values of equality, fluctuate and inclusion".
"#Open4All encompasses events such as the Glam Slam, an worldwide LGBTQI tournament that has been held at the Australian Open for the past few years, and will be back for AO 2020".
"As a sport, tennis plays our part in ensuring an inclusive society, we cannot tolerate the views that fracture our incredible tennis community, or even the community at large".
Australian players including Samantha Stosur have spoke out against the Pentecostal minister in the past after her personal attack on openly gay player Casey Dellacqua and her partner Ashley Judd.
Court historical to support the Australian Inaugurate on a smartly-liked foundation however hasn't shown up since 2017, when the controversy over her views first flared.