Australian tennis legend Margaret Court has allegedly had awards, medals and jewellery stolen from her Perth home on Australia Day.
It is understood Court and her husband Barry were not 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 WA Police spokeswoman said two men have been arrested in relation to the incident.
“Perth detectives have charged two men in relation to an aggravated home burglary,” she said.
“It will be alleged about 8pm, two men gained access to the premises via the front entrance door.
“Once inside, it will be further alleged the accused rummaged through the victim’s property and stole a number of items including awards, medals and jewellery.
“A number of the items were located in nearby bushland and gardens.”
The two men from Edgewater, aged 33 and 34, have been charged with one count of aggravated home burglary and commit and one count of stealing and will appear in a 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.
Following his win at the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic won his 22nd grand slam and spoke about overtaking Court on the grand slam title winners list.
“Of course I am motivated to win as many slams as possible,” Djokovic said when asked if he felt he could catch Court.
“At this stage of my career, these trophies are the biggest motivational factor of why I still compete. That’s the case without a doubt.”
In recent years, Court has been somewhat of a controversial figure after being a vocal critic of same-sex marriage and believes homosexuality is a choice.
The tennis icon has lived at her beachside home in City Beach, 10km of Perth, for 24 years and briefly put the property on the market in 2021 for a price of $2.9 million.