Tennis great Margaret Court to boycott Qantas over same-sex marriage

    Australian tennis player Margaret Court playing in a championship match at Bournemouth in 1971.

    Story highlights

    • Margaret Court says she won't fly Qantas
    • Qantas CEO is an outspoken supporter of same-sex marriage
    • Court is now a Christian pastor

    (CNN)One of tennis' greatest ever stars says she will no longer fly Qantas because of the airline chief executive's support for same-sex marriage.

    "As you will know, I have represented Australia many times and have the proud record of never losing a tennis match while playing for my country. I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage. I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible," Court, 74, said in an open letter published in The Western Australian
      CNN attempted to reach Court's church to confirm the letter's validity.
      "Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines where possible for my extensive (sic) travelling," she wrote.
      Alan Joyce, the Qantas CEO, recently had a pie smashed in his face during a speaking appearance due to his stance over same-sex marraige.
      Joyce later said the incident would not stop him from publicly advocating for same-sex marriage, which is currently illegal in Australia.
      A plan to put the issue to a national referendum was blocked last year.
      Margaret Court poses with a bronze bust of herself during the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park.