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American Authors, Natalie La Rose headline US Open Kids Day

NEW YORK (AP) Arthur Ashe Kids Day will celebrate its 20th year at the U.S. Open next month, and organizers are promising a special celebration that includes new Wimbledon champ Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich), reigning U.S. Open champ Marin Cilic, the group American Authors and singer Natalie La Rose. The annual event occurs just before the final Grand Slam of tennis kicks...
Via AP on Fox
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Billie Jean King serves up 40th season of World Team Tennis

NEW YORK (AP) Billie Jean King and World Team Tennis are serving up their 40th season, a feat accomplished only by the big four leagues in the United States. Co-founder King recalls the early years of the mid-1970s when Robert Kraft owned the Boston Lobsters and Jerry Buss owned the Los Angeles Strings. She was the No. 1 pick in the WTT draft for the Philadelphia Freedoms, and Martina...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Drake is 'just like family,' Serena Williams says

Drake likes winners. This is well documented. So it comes as little surprise to see him at Wimbledon this week, taking photos with Novak Djokovic and Billie Jean King -- both winners -- and sitting in Serena Williams' corner during matches as she furthers her attempt to become one of history's greatest winners ever. Before you rag on him for being a front-runner, know these two things...
Via Fox Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Groban to sing at US Open opening night ceremony

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Multiplatinum-selling Josh Groban will sing during the opening night ceremony at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. The U.S. Tennis Association says Thursday that Groban will perform songs off his recent album ''Stages.'' Former tennis star Billie Jean King, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, will participate in the ceremony, too. The year's last Grand Slam...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Music in Sports Roundup: Billie Jean King Does 'Billie Jean'

Each week, STACK brings you the latest news blending the worlds of music and sports. Scroll down to check out Nick Young trying to tell the difference between Iggy's and Kobe's rap
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

AP Photos: Women's champions from Wills Moody to Serena

LONDON (AP) At Wimbledon, Serena Williams is often at her best. And this year she has a chance to win a third major title of 2015, taking her ever closer to becoming the fourth woman to win a calendar Grand Slam. Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf are the only three to achieve the feat in the same season. Williams has won the Venus Rosewater Dish five times, but only...
Via AP on Fox
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Steel set for new stadium roof to cover U.S. Open matches

  A towering crane lowered a final steel beam into place over Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday as the U.S. Open's center court moved closer to being covered by a retractable roof. The roof will be ready to be used in 2016. Now that the superstructure supporting it is up, workers can begin the process of removing the three cranes from the grounds of the Billie Jean King National...
Via AP on Fox
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

2 seeds fall at Nottingham Open 1st round

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Seeded players Karin Knapp and Ajla Tomljanovic lost in the first round of the Nottingham Open on Monday as top-level women's tennis returned to the central England grass-court venue for the first time in 42 years. The fourth-seeded Knapp lost 6-4, 6-2 to Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium, and Tomljanovic, the No. 8 seed from Croatia, was beaten 4-6, 7-6 (1),...
Via AP on Fox
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

AP Interview: Thomas ready for WNBA season to start

NEW YORK (AP) Isiah Thomas understood he would have many detractors when he agreed last month to become president and a potential partial-owner of the New York Liberty. He hopes the extra scrutiny will lead to more interest in his new team. ''We knew that it would have some concern and would create some attention,'' Thomas said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Friday...
Via AP on Fox
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Billie Jean King says Caitlyn Jenner helps transgender tolerance

NEW YORK -- Billie Jean King believes Caitlyn Jenner has given people clarity about transgender issues beyond the progress already seen four decades after they shared the international spotlight as athletes. "The interview with then-Bruce Jenner, and now Caitlyn Jenner, really helped people to be clear in understanding, especially about gender vs. sexuality," the 71-year-old former...
Via AP on Fox
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Billie Jean King: Caitlyn Jenner helps transgender tolerance

NEW YORK (AP) Billie Jean King believes Caitlyn Jenner has given people clarity about transgender issues beyond the progress already seen four decades after they shared the international spotlight as athletes. ''The interview with then-Bruce Jenner, and now Caitlyn Jenner, really helped people to be clear in understanding, especially about gender vs. sexuality,'' the 71-year-old...
Via AP on Fox
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

ESPN Sends The Wrong Message By Giving Jenner The Arthur Ashe Courage Award

This is not about college football. This is not about any other writer who contributes to the site. This is about my beliefs, feelings and emotions in regard to Caitlyn Jenner — formerly known as Bruce Jenner — being awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Let me begin by saying that I am as socially progressive and liberal as you can get. I believe in basic human and social...
Via Know It All Football
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

US Open roof taking shape in New York as tournament approaches

NEW YORK -- Long rain delays could soon be gone for good at the center courts of tennis' Grand Slam tournaments. Wimbledon and the Australian Open already have retractable roofs over their main stadiums. The French Open, which was halted by showers for more than 2 1/2 hours Sunday, is hoping to add one by 2019, though that is currently held up by conflicts over a broader expansion...
Via AP on Fox
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

AP PHOTOS: US Open roof taking shape in New York

NEW YORK (AP) Long rain delays could soon be gone for good at the center courts of tennis' Grand Slam tournaments. Wimbledon and the Australian Open already have retractable roofs over their main stadiums. The French Open, which was halted by showers for more than 2 1/2 hours Sunday, is hoping to add one by 2019, though that is currently held up by conflicts over a broader expansion...
Via AP on Fox
May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Carell, Emma Stone to star in Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King film

The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, billed as “Battle of the Sexes,” is apparently the hottest sports movie property in Hollywood. Just over a month after HBO announced it was making a film about the match — with Paul Giamatti starring as Riggs and Elizabeth Banks portraying King — Fox Searchlight has a competing project in development, with...
Via Awful Announcing
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Paul Giamatti to play tennis star Bobby Riggs for HBO movie

By the time Bobby Riggs played Billie Jean King in 1973’s “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match at the Houston Astrodome, he was 55 years old and looked rather schlubby, not like much of an athlete. However, Riggs was a world-class tennis player in his prime, once ranked No. 1 in the world and winner of three Wimbledon championships (one singles, one doubles and one mixed doubles...
Via Awful Announcing
March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Same-gender couples' doubles tournaments sanctioned by USTA

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) The U.S. Tennis Association will sanction same-gender couples' doubles tournaments for the first time, starting at the Plaza Racquet Club in Palm Springs, California, on March 7-8. The USTA announced Wednesday that it will schedule same-gender adult competitions throughout 2015, with a goal of having national championship events next year. In its news release...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Billie Jean King, Elton John host tennis in London

NEW YORK (AP) Billie Jean King and Elton John will coach a tennis event at Royal Albert Hall in London, featuring Tim Henman and Andy Roddick. King's annual World Team Tennis Smash Hits will be held Dec. 7 and benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. WTT announced the full rosters on Tuesday. Team Billie Jean will be led by Henman and Kim Clijsters, Sabine Lisicki and Jamie Murray...
Via AP on Fox
November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Elbaba, Schnur win indoor tennis titles

NEW YORK (AP) Julia Elbaba of Virginia and Brayden Schnur of North Carolina won singles titles Sunday at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. The sixth-seeded Elbaba of Oyster Bay, New York, defeated fifth-seeded California's Maegan Manasse of Redondo Beach, California 6-2, 7-5 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Schnur of Canada beat Vanderbilt...
Via AP on Fox
November 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Battle of the Sexes: 41 Years Since Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs

On September 20, 1973, tennis titans Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs squared off in the Houston Astrodome, playing three sets for a winner-take-all cash...
Via COED
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

US Open final: A sign of things to come?

Welcome to the final post from this year’s US Open. It’s been a remarkable two weeks, a fortnight that has defied expectations in many ways and cast the mold for many new stars. Thanks to a very generous donation, I was actually in attendance for Marin Cilic’s 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 whitewashing of Kei Nishikori in the men’s final Monday evening. Cilic’s performance was a tour...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
Via AP on Fox
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

A Friday Of Friends, Fear, And The Future

One match didn’t even last two whole sets. The other match felt over well before two whole sets had been completed, and although it tightened up, it ended without an abundance of suspense. Yet, the U.S. Open women’s semifinals on Friday afternoon at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., provided rich and layered stories — the ones flowing...
Via Bloguin Best
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

A Friday Of Friends, Fear, And The Future

One match didn’t even last two whole sets. The other match felt over well before two whole sets had been completed, and although it tightened up, it ended without an abundance of suspense. Yet, the U.S. Open women’s semifinals on Friday afternoon at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., provided rich and layered stories — the ones flowing...
Via Attacking The Net
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The WTA Carries The Day

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell whether the women or the men are carrying the run of play at a major tennis tournament. Not this time. Not in New York. Not at the 2014 United States Open. The women have ruled the Big Apple in the first of the two weeks at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center. Andy Murray and Robin Haase might have provided drama, but it was drama richly...
Via Attacking The Net
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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