Billie Jean King Talks Tennis In Chicago, Social Activism
Two of the biggest stars in American women’s tennis will play a match on Chicago’s South Side next month as part of World TeamTennis, the league popularized by tennis legend Billie Jean King.
Defending U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens will go head-to-head with Chicago native Taylor Townsend at XTennis, the new facility in Woodlawn on July 27.
Both players are African American, a fact King hopes will be an inspiration to young emerging tennis fans and players in the Chicago area.
“Whoever comes to watch Sloane and Taylor, at least kids of color will know anything’s possible,” King told the Chicago Tribune.
King has long been an advocate for gender equality and inclusiveness.
Morning Shift talks to her about the upcoming tennis match in Chicago and her work to promote gay rights, gender pay equality and diversity and inclusion in the sports world and beyond.