Tennis legend Billie Jean King says that cricket is setting a great example for the world when it comes to inclusive sport, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. King was one of pioneering forces behind the women's WTA Tour in the 1970s and has been a major advocacy for gender and equality rights.
Speaking in Melbourne where she was visiting family and celebrating International Women’s Day and watching the T20 World Cup tournament. “Every Australian tennis player should kiss their feet every day they see them.
Without them, they would not be getting the big cheques standing there at the Australian Open. In cricket, the men and women are together. It’s fabulous. Look what they’re doing: the men and women are supporting each other.
Why not? What is the big deal? I think cricket is sending a great message. It’s the rules that are hard. But I’m starting to get better”. Speaking about the controversy regarding renaming of the Margaret Court Arena, King says she thinks it is time to let go.
“She has a right to her opinion. We need to let go of this naming thing. Just let it go. It doesn’t matter. I’d like to see something special for Evonne. She’s a great ambassador. People love Evonne throughout the world.
She’s so joyous, so inclusive, arms open. She’s been exceptional." Speaking about her famous Battle of the Sexes match against former Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs, King commented, “I knew it was really important to win.
There was a lot of pressure. Anyone I’ve talked to in sports says they can’t imagine that pressure. I was trying to get people to respect people more, and to respect themselves. Men, woman, now all genders. I just want people to help each other make the world a better place.
If we keep striving for it, we will make the world better. We’ll never get to the end, but that doesn’t matter”.