Former tennis champion Margaret Court claims LGBTQ teaching in schools is controlled by 'the devil'

    Court is announced to the crowd on day six of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships in 2016.

    (CNN)Former tennis champion Margaret Court has reiterated her controversial opinions on the LGBTQ community and transgender athletes, claiming LGBTQ teaching in schools is controlled by "the devil."

    Court, a Pentecostal pastor in Western Australia, made the comments during a sermon at the Victory Life Centre church which she helped found.
    In the video of her sermon posted on the church's Facebook page, Court hit out at people who change their birth sex genders because "God made us that way."
      "You know, even that LGBT in the schools, it's the devil, it's not of God," the 77-year-old said.
      "Children are making the decision at seven or eight years of age to change their sex, no, just read the first two chapters of Genesis, that's all I say. Male and female," Court said.
      "It's so wrong at that age because a lot of things are planted in this thought realm at that age, and they start to question 'what am I'.
      Court with former Australian tennis player Rod Laver.
      "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.
      "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.'"
      Court won all four majors in 1970 during an illustrious career that yielded a record 24 grand slam singles victories.
      Her comments come just weeks before she is set to be recognized at the Australian Open to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her grand slam sweep.
      Despite inviting Court to celebrate her achievement, Tennis Australia said in November, 2019 it did not agree with her "demeaning" personal views.
      "Publicly stated views