Margaret Court reveals how she watched in horror while thieves stole precious tennis memorabilia from her home only to be interrupted by cricket legend neighbour – and shares a surprising message to the robbers
- Margaret Court watched men break into her Perth home while on holiday
- Intruders were disturbed by neighbours, including Justin Langer
- Tennis pro says she is ‘praying for’ alleged intruders
Margaret Court has revealed how she watched men break into her Perth home while on holiday for Australia Day.
The tennis legend, 80, was on holiday with her husband Barrymore Court but saw the ordeal through her home security system and immediately called the police.
The intruders were stopped by neighbours including cricketing legend and ex-Australian coach Justin Langer.
Two men, aged 33 and 34, from Edgewater have been charged with one count each of aggravated home burglary and stealing after allegedly taking off with rackets, medals as well as her husband’s passport.
Tennis legend Margaret Court has revealed how she watched men break into her Perth home while on holiday for Australia Day
Court, who became a Christian Pastor after retiring from tennis, told 9News ‘It’s never comfortable, it’s not nice’.
‘I saw them right away on the little screen at the front door, police got right onto it, they were awesome.’
The former world No. 1 added that all the items, except her husband’s passport, have since been returned.
‘All is good, all is fine, I pray for the young guys, I pray they come to know Christ,’ she added.
The recovered items were found in nearby bushland and gardens, a Western Australian police spokesperson said.
Court, who became a Christian Pastor after retiring from tennis, told Channel Nine : ‘It’s never comfortable, it’s not nice’ (Pictured in New Jersey)
Police will allege two men gained access to the City Beach via the front door and rummaged through the victim’s property.
Court holds the all-time record for singles grand slam championships in the Open era with 24 and has a show court named after her at Melbourne Park, which hosts the Australian Open.
However, Court has not been sighted at the Australian grand slam in three years after calls from tennis greats Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe to have Margaret Court Arena re-named after Evonne Goolagong Cawley.
The conservative Catholic and prominent voice of a Perth-based Pentecostal movement has sparked controversy in recent years.
She previously made headlines for her views on same-sex relationships, describing gay marriage as a ‘trend’.
Thieves allegedly stole awards and medals from Margaret and Barry Court during the break-in. Picture: Fiona Hamilton
While Court has not appeared at the Australian Open since 2020, she was a special guest at Wimbledon in 2022 (pictured with British champion Andy Murray and John Newcombe)
‘I think there will be a price to pay for it in the future in the nation and people will see it’s not about marriage,’ she told the Herald Sun at the time.
‘There will be a genderless generation. My thing was a marriage is between a man and a woman.’
While the former champion was not present at the Australian Open, she did make an appearance at the Yarrawonga Lawn Tennis Club in the lead-up where she signed autographs for young fans at an All Stars Tennis Tournament.
Court is considered one of the sport’s all-time greats, having won 24 major singles titles and a phenomenal 64 major titles in total.
She retired from tennis in 1977.
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