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Billie Jean King Cup Finals: Switzerland crush Italy, Spain beat Kazakhstan
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Billie Jean King Cup Finals: Switzerland crush Italy, Spain beat Kazakhstan

Switzerland sit top of Group A as they bid to go one step further than 12 months ago when they lost the final against Russia.

Billie Jean King gets, disagrees with, Iga Swiatek's choice to skip BJK Cup
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Billie Jean King gets, disagrees with, Iga Swiatek's choice to skip BJK Cup

The other 10 countries in the BJK Cup Finals are Australia, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Kazakhstan, Spain, Slovakia and Switzerland.

Billie Jean King wants French Open to have more women's night matches
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Billie Jean King wants French Open to have more women's night matches

Amelie Mauresmo said men's tennis has more appeal at the moment and it was hard for her to find star players or high-wattage matchups in the women's draw to spotlight

Billie Jean King receives France's Legion of Honor award
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Billie Jean King receives France's Legion of Honor award

King, who is in France as the French Open concludes, received the award in recognition of her contributions to women’s sports, gender equality and the rights of LGBTQ people in athletics.

Billie Jean King Cup draws mixed feelings in maiden edition, labelled 'work in progress'
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Billie Jean King Cup draws mixed feelings in maiden edition, labelled 'work in progress'

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) revamped the original Fed Cup into a tournament, world-cup-like format, following a similar decision on the Davis Cup.

Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka win top Laureus sports awards; Bayern Munich Team of the Year
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Rafael Nadal, Naomi Osaka win top Laureus sports awards; Bayern Munich Team of the Year

World number two Nadal claimed his fourth Laureus award as he was recognised for his 13th French Open and record-equalling 20th major.

Billie Jean King's upcoming memoir to dive into her celebrated career, the famed Battle of the Sexes match
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Billie Jean King's upcoming memoir to dive into her celebrated career, the famed Battle of the Sexes match

King, 77, will also write about her activism on behalf of women in tennis and beyond, and such private struggles as an eating disorder and acknowledging her sexual identity.

Billie Jean King says upcoming memoir 'All In' will be 'first portrait of her life in full'
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Billie Jean King says upcoming memoir 'All In' will be 'first portrait of her life in full'

In All In King will write about her activism on behalf of women in tennis and beyond, and such private struggles as an eating disorder and acknowledging her sexual identity.

Naomi Osaka credits Serena Williams, Billie Jean King for inspiring her to invest in US soccer team North Carolina Courage
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Naomi Osaka credits Serena Williams, Billie Jean King for inspiring her to invest in US soccer team North Carolina Courage

Osaka, who is in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open, said she had noticed other sportspeople making similar commitments and "I always thought it was really cool".

Tennis celebrates 50th anniversary of the 'Original 9' trailblazers who stood for equality in 1970
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Tennis celebrates 50th anniversary of the 'Original 9' trailblazers who stood for equality in 1970

'Original 9' broke away from the US tennis establishment to form Virginia Slams circuit, on $1 contract, in 1970 due to inequal prize money. WTA Tour they helped create offered 55 events in 29 countries and a total of $179 million in prize money in 2019

Fed Cup renamed to Billie Jean King Cup in honour of former tennis great, pioneer for women's tennis
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Fed Cup renamed to Billie Jean King Cup in honour of former tennis great, pioneer for women's tennis

King's association with the Fed Cup goes back to its founding, when she was a member of the US team that won the inaugural tournament in 1963 at Queen's Club in London.

US Open 2020: 'Naomi Osaka is special', Twitter reacts to Japanese World No 9's comeback win in final
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US Open 2020: 'Naomi Osaka is special', Twitter reacts to Japanese World No 9's comeback win in final

Check out some of the best twitter reactions to Naomi Osaka's incredible come-from-behind victory over Victoria Azarenka in the US Open 2020 final.

WTA chief executive Steve Simon backs idea of merger with ATP, says coronavirus crisis can provide new opportunities
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WTA chief executive Steve Simon backs idea of merger with ATP, says coronavirus crisis can provide new opportunities

Still, the tours, which have operated independently since the WTA was founded in 1973, are now in an unprecedented position. Never before have both tour chiefs and the biggest stars in the men’s game publicly supported considering such a merger.

Joe Biden throws weight behind US women's football team after court dismisses claims seeking equal pay
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Joe Biden throws weight behind US women's football team after court dismisses claims seeking equal pay

'Don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet,' Biden wrote in a tweet to the US Women's Football team.

Andy Murray backs call for ATP and WTA merger, says 'important to bring more women into decision-making positions'
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Andy Murray backs call for ATP and WTA merger, says 'important to bring more women into decision-making positions'

Andy Murray has backed Roger Federer’s call to merge the men’s and women’s tours, saying that many top male players believe it will be a positive step for tennis.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis great Billie Jean King feels sport's shutdown has exposed its 'inequities'
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis great Billie Jean King feels sport's shutdown has exposed its 'inequities'

The tennis season was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown will continue at least until mid-July, depriving lower-level players of the chance to earn a living

Female athletes should continue to fight for equality, says Tennis legend Billie Jean King
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Female athletes should continue to fight for equality, says Tennis legend Billie Jean King

King said her early goals for women’s tennis were to make sure all girls would have a place to compete, that women would be valued more for their accomplishments than their looks, and to ensure female athletes earned enough to make a living.

US Open venue to convert indoor facility into 350-bed hospital for non-Covid patients as New York grapples with lack of resources for coronavirus
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US Open venue to convert indoor facility into 350-bed hospital for non-Covid patients as New York grapples with lack of resources for coronavirus

The site of the US Open and the crown jewel of American tennis, the venue has been thrust into the fray amid a medical crisis that has gripped the world and brought professional sports to a sudden and indefinite halt.

Maria Sharapova retires: Novak Djokovic, Billie Jean King lead tributes to 'inspirational' Russian tennis star
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Maria Sharapova retires: Novak Djokovic, Billie Jean King lead tributes to 'inspirational' Russian tennis star

Maria Sharapova’s fellow players described her as inspirational and praised her fighting spirit following the Russian’s announcement of her retirement from tennis at the age of 32 on Wednesday.

American legend Billie Jean King believes allowing coaching from stands is a 'no brainer', says it will generate interest in sport
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American legend Billie Jean King believes allowing coaching from stands is a 'no brainer', says it will generate interest in sport

American great Billie Jean King believes allowing coaches to signal to players from the stands during matches is a 'no brainer' that will create more interest in tennis.