JOHN Forrest Secondary College will replace Australian tennis legend Margaret Court with a “high profile tennis player” as the patron of its academy.
The college was named WA’s Most Outstanding School at the 2017 WA Tennis Industry Awards Night this month.
The specialist tennis academy has more than 80 students and offers training, match play and participation in competitions including the Slazenger Cup and the Herbert Edwards Cup.
In September, Court was dumped by Cottesloe Tennis Club as its vice-patron.
Tennis co-ordinator John Campbell said Court decided to step down after four years in the position because she felt it was a commitment she could not continue with.
“It was an arrangement agreement that she could not support us in the way she wanted to,” he said.
“She was basically a figure head… she spoke to the children on a couple occasions in regards to experience as a tennis player and how that affected her life.
“She was also available to present some trophies, which is the sort of role that a patron plays.
“From the school’s perspective it was fantastic and she for many is still considered as the best female tennis player or player ever.”
He said there was not any backlash from Court’s controversy from the college’s perspective.
Court was contacted for comment.