Billie Jean King to be honored tonight in Manhattan
I know it’s kind of obnoxious to insert a photo of ME with Billie Jean King for this post because it’s not like you haven’t seen enough of my mug already today – day one for Greg In Hollywood. But for anyone who doesn’t know, Billie Jean – one of the biggest advocates for equal rights and fairness on this planet – is a great hero of mine. I read her autobiography in high school and she really inspired me to dream big, stay focused, and be committed to whatever it was I was involved with. I needed a lot of that in the past seven days!
Billie Jean King is set to celebrate the return of women’s tennis to Madison Square Garden tonight in the Billie Jean King Cup, an four-woman exhibition headlined by top-ranked Serena Williams and her sister, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams.
Former President Bill Clinton will also be on hand to participate in a tribute to Billie Jean, the founder more than 40 years ago of the Women’s Tennis Association and led the fight for equal prize money in tennis.
Billie Jean, winner of a record-tying 20 Wimbledon titles during her playing days will join John McEnroe and Mary Carillo in the booth for the live broadcast on HBO.
The tournament is part of “Tennis Night in America,” an effort by the U.S. Tennis Association to get youth registered for the sport. More than 750 tennis and community centers are signing up kids for spring and summer leagues, the USTA said.