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Leadership: Billie-Jean King and the roots of the WTA

No person is better placed to comment on the development of the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) than its founder Billie Jean King. In this archive interview from 2013, she tells Kevin Roberts how it all began and discusses the direction of women’s tennis in the intervening years.

Forty years ago, Billie Jean King’s patience had snapped. Patronised by the tennis establishment and jilted by her male equivalents in the sport, the 29-year-old was well aware that galvanising her disgruntled peers for a meeting at London’s Gloucester Hotel was likely to mark the final chance for her to launch a determined assault on an inherently unequal system.

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