King's attack on Margaret Court is not the first from the tennis world.
"I personally don't think she should have her name (on it) any more", King, 74, told reporters at Melbourne Park.
King, who is a leading gay rights and equality activist, added that she is disappointed that Court will not be in attendance this year as she would like to have discussed the issue with her face-to-face, and claimed that she has a responsibility to live up to by having her name attributed to such a venue - just like she does at Flushing Meadows in the United States.
King has been named by Tennis Australia as the Australian Open "woman of the year" on the 50th anniversary of her first title Down Under and she used the opportunity Friday to voice her disgust of Court's views on sexual and gender equality.
As controversy mounted over the name of the arena a year ago, the host federation maintained nearly complete silence in the face of calls for the name to be changed because of Court's remarks about LGBTQ people and same-sex marriage, which recently became legal in Australia after receiving overwhelming support in a public referendum.More news: Taking a Fresh Look at Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (CY)
"I was fine until lately when she said so many derogatory things about my community-I'm a gay woman-about the LBGTIQ community", King said at a news conference.
"Maybe it's our community, the LGBTIQ community -people might feel differently".
'That really went deep in my heart and soul.
"I wish Margaret was here this year", she said.
Martina Navratilova, an 18-time Grand Slam singles victor, wrote an open letter previous year criticizing Court and recommended that tennis officials rename the arena after another Australian great, Evonne Goolagong Cawley. "We usually have lunch", King said.
Court has announced she will not attend this month's tournament, although she denied she was avoiding the tournament after the controversy. King expressed disappointment at her absence, said she had been looking forward to seeing her.More news: Who Is Edgar Ray Killen? Klansman, 'Mississippi Burning' Perpetrator Dies In Prison
King said she would welcome Court's attendance.
Tournament director Craig Tiley said Court had a standing invitation to the season-opening major, and would be welcome in the future as she had been in the past.
In sport, nearly always a bastion of conservatism, those holding disreputable views have long adorned not only stadia, but also the administration of games.
"It's the last thing we need". Or should the third largest court in Melbourne remain named the Margaret Court Arena, out of celebration of Court's tennis brilliance? He said the organisation had not recommended Court's name be stripped. Whether any of the hundreds of players who might be assigned matches there would refuse to compete is yet unknown.
And yet, when the 106th Australian Open begins on Monday, its third court will still be named after Margaret Court.More news: Are Hedge Funds Betting Against First Solar, Inc. (FSLR)?