Margaret Court Arena renamed on Google maps

Doug Mendoza
June 8, 2017

Today it looked like Google Maps appeared to have taken Navratilova's message seriously.

So basically, Google claims its Maps platform has digitally detected the calls to rename the arena after Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, and because there are so many articles related to the matter, it automatically - and accidentally- swapped over.

The tennis legend came under fire recently for a series of homophobic comments, which included her plan to boycott Qantas for its support of the same-sex marriage movement.

Instead, the stadium has been renamed after another famed Australian great, Evonne Gollagong Arena.

A Google spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that Google Maps used a "wide range of sources", which included third party data, public data and user contributions, to help construct its maps.

Google Images The name hasn't been changed just yet.

Google Maps still shows Margaret Court Arena if you search the original name or for nearby venues such as Rod Laver Arena.

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The issue reached fever pitch last week when Court described tennis as "full of lesbians" and suggested that homosexuality would "destroy your life." "We recognise that there may be occasional inaccuracies that could arise from any of those sources".

"We think it is unsuitable for your arena to continue to be named in honour of someone who has been consistently outspoken about her opposition to equality, diversity and inclusion", the petition reads.

Court also attacked LGBTI activists by comparing them to Hitler, and described transgender kids as a product of LGBTI lobbyists, which led to transgender sports writer Cate McGregor openly condemning her remarks.

Margaret Court says the interview on The Project was "below the belt".

The name swap was suggested by USA tennis great Martina Navratilova, who is gay herself.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Google for comment.

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