Billie Jean King talks tennis, gay athletes
NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King is so busy attending events during the U.S. Open, she hardly has time to watch matches at the venue that bears her name.
However, King still has plenty of opinions on tennis and other topics. She believes Serena Williams can win “tons” more Grand Slam titles and Michael Sam “made history” despite not making the roster of an NFL team.
Williams will try for her sixth U.S. Open title and 18th major on Sunday when she faces Caroline Wozniacki. King won four of her 12 major singles titles in New York, her last coming 40 years ago against Evonne Goolagong at Forest Hills.
“She should win at least six or seven or eight,” King said. “If she wins this, it will have saved her year, basically.”
Williams is attempting to turn her season around after failing to reach the semifinals of the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. She’s gone 18-1 since Wimbledon, winning tournaments in Stanford and Cincinnati en route to the U.S. Open. She’s relied on big serves — around 118 mph — to reach the final at Flushing Meadows.
Sam recently got cut from the St. Louis Rams, but latched onto the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. King hopes “this will tee him up for other opportunities. I think it’s great he’s getting a second chance.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett asked her “to come to training camp to talk to the guys” but her schedule didn’t allow it. Maybe next year.