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ATP/WTA – Billie Jean King: “Men should play in 3 sets…” #RG22 #BillieJeanKing #Wimbledon #BJK #GrandSlam

The programming of the night sessions during the last Roland-Garros 2022 made people talk. Only one female poster was placed in the evening, the duel between Alize Cornet et Jelena Ostapenko. Too little for the players and defenders of the women’s circuit who consider the difference in exposure unfair. Billie Jean Kingan activist for gender equality and the origin of the WTA circuit, spoke about it this Saturday at Roland-Garros. 50 years after his title Porte d’Auteuil, the American defended Amelie Mauresmo and suggested that men play best of 3 sets like women.

Billie Jean King returns 50 years after winning Roland

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“I think that‘Amelie did a fantastic job and will make some changes next year”

Firstly, Billie Jean King wanted to support Amelie Mauresmofor her first year as Director of Roland-Garros. “I think that‘Amelie did a fantastic job and will be making some changes next year. Suppose we have a new writer or broadcaster, I always give them 2 to 3 years. Then I pass judgment because I think you have to give people time to understand the work they have to do. People don’t really understand what it involves unless they’ve done it themselves. I know that. I give them a few years first and then I pass judgement. But she is in a position of absolute power. I think we should have 2 matches per night and start earlier. Imagine if Nadal… I thought Ruud was going to start at 3am, I was worried. We can’t do that. I think playing in 3 sets is better. Honestly, it has to be spectacle for its audience.

“I think men should change to play 3 sets. If they start treating us as second class, we will stay second class”

She then made her proposal. “I agree, you have to put them on prime time and you have to give equal opportunities to everyone, of course, always. Always do what is right for each person. There must be the same number of women’s matches as men’s matches. Currently, we play in 3 sets, so we go out quickly. I think men should change to play 3 sets. If they start treating us as second class, we’ll stay second class. Everyone needs to feel important. We should have more games. I think Amélie will take care of it next year, knowing her, she’s a winner.“A point of view that will undoubtedly cause a lot of reaction.

The book “BILLIE JEAN KING Autobiography”

A constant role model in my life, Billie Jean King is an iconic example of integrity in the face of adversity. The powerfully honest and unapologetic candor of her book is a reflection of King’s brilliant mark on the world and the glass ceilings she shattered.” dixit Serena Williams. An inspiring and intimate self-portrait of the tennis champion that encompasses her distinguished sporting career, her unwavering activism and her lifelong commitment to equity and social justice.

In this spirited tale, Billie Jean King details his life’s journey to find himself. She recounts her breathtaking tennis career – six years as the highest ranked woman in the world, twenty Wimbledon championships, thirty-nine Grand Slam titles and her decisive victory against Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes”. She remembers poignantly the cultural backdrop of those years and the profound impact on her worldview of the women’s movement, the assassinations and anti-war protests of the 1960s, the civil rights movement and ultimately , of the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

She describes the myriad challenges she faced — sexism, an eating disorder, near financial ruin after being outed — on her path to publicly and unequivocally acknowledging her gender identity at the age of 51. And she tells how her life today remains one of tireless commitment. She offers ideas and advice on leadership, business, activism, sports, politics, marriage equality, parenting, sexuality and love. She shows how living honestly and openly has had a transformative effect on her relationships and her happiness. It is the story of a revolutionary feminist, a world-class athlete and an indomitable spirit whose impact has transcended even her spectacular accomplishments in sport.

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