Bil­lie Jean King talks ten­nis, gay ath­letes

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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.

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