Two men charged after alleged Australia Day break-in of tennis icon Margaret Court‘s Perth home

Two men charged after alleged Australia Day break-in of tennis icon Margaret Court‘s Perth home

Australian tennis legend Margaret Court allegedly stole awards, medals and jewelery from her home in Perth on Australia Day.

It is understood Court and her husband Barry were not at home at the time of the burglary.

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The 80-year-old is now known as Reverend Dr Margaret Smith Court and is a senior pastor after being ordained as a Pentecostal minister.

A spokesperson for the WA Police said two men had been arrested in connection with the incident.

“Perth detectives have charged two men in connection with an aggravated burglary,” she said.

“Allegedly, two men gained access to the premises via the front door around 20:00.

“Once inside, it is further alleged the accused rummaged through the victim’s property and stole a number of items including awards, medals and jewellery.

Tennis great Margaret Court and (inset) a photo of her holding one of her coveted grand slam trophies. Credit: Getty Images

“A number of the items were located in nearby woodland and gardens.”

The two Edgewater men, aged 33 and 34 respectively, have been charged with one count of aggravated burglary and one count of theft and will appear in Perth court next month.

Court is widely regarded as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time and holds the record for most Grand Slam singles titles with 24.

After his victory at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic won his 22nd Grand Slam and talked about passing Court on the Grand Slam title winners list.

“Of course I’m motivated to win as many slams as possible,” Djokovic said when asked if he felt he could make it to Court.

“At this stage of my career, these trophies are the biggest motivation factor why I still compete. This is undoubtedly the case.”

In recent years, Court has been somewhat of a controversial figure after being a vocal critic of same-sex marriage and believing homosexuality is a choice.

The tennis icon has lived at her beach house in City Beach, 10km from Perth, for 24 years and briefly put the property on the market in 2021 for a price of $2.9 million.

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