One of the all-time great women tennis players was Margaret Smith Court of Australia. This isn't hyperbole: she won more Major titles than any tennis player in history, 64. She is one of only five players -- men and women -- to win the Grand Slam (U.S. Open, Wimbledon, French and Australian in the same year) in two disciplines (out of three possible: singles, doubles and mixed.) And the only person in history to win the Grand Slam in three disciplines.
They are currently playing the Australian Open, where temperatures are cruelly hot. It's traditionally hot at the Australian Open, but this year people are wondering whether the games should be postponed or moved to night. Temperatures have hit 108-degrees. Would you want to go outside to just stand in 108-degrees? Now, consider playing a tennis match. Ball boys have fainted. There was a report of a shoe's rubber melting. The forecast for today is 111 degrees! It kind of makes that 108 seem balmy.
Anyway, that's not the point here. It's that in watching some of the highlights on ESPN, I noticed at one of the places where the Open is being played is named Margaret Court Arena. It seemed like a right and proper thing to do -- but all I could think was what a wasted opportunity.
They should have called it Margaret Court Court.
Or just Margaret Court.
I have to believe someone at least mentioned it as a possibility. At least I hope so. And I understand that they didn't want to go with whimsy. But I mean, seriously, how often do you get an opportunity like that?
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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