“First of all, we’ve said from the outset that we will recognise what Margaret accomplished back in 1970 when she won all four grand slams,” Tiley said.
“And there’s a difference between a recognition of that and a celebration of someone.”
While TA will celebrate her remarkable 1970 season, Tiley reiterated the organisation’s stance on Court’s views.
“We’ve also made very clear that we do not agree with her views,” he said.
“We’ve made that publicly clear. We’re actually for the third year hosting the Glam Slam, which is an LGBTQ international event, here in front of Margaret Court Arena – where we will also paint the rainbow flags around the court.
“Just to remind everyone that we are a sport that’s open for all, we are a sport that welcomes diversity, inclusivity and equality, and we’ve made that very clear to Margaret that that is our position. Her recognition is for her tennis achievements only.”
Court drew the ire of fellow tennis icon Martina Navratilova on Twitter on Monday, in response to comments Court made about being persecuted for simply teaching “what the Bible says”.
“Margaret wants to have her cake and eat it too, so to speak,” Navratilova said.
“She wants to keep it to tennis when it suits her.
“She speaks of persecution when she calls gays and trans people ‘of the devil’?!?
“How does that work exactly Margaret, do tell please!?! Who exactly is being persecuted?”