Leylah Fernandez and Emma Raducanu bring the 21st century with them.
The Sept. 11 attacks happened the year before they were born. They live on a globe that, to them, is finite and manageable. Fernandez has an Ecuadorian father and a Canadian mother of Filipino extraction; Raducanu’s parents are from Romania and China.
Fernandez and Raducanu will play for the U.S. Open championship Saturday afternoon in New York. The winner will win $2.5 million and the runner-up $1.25 million. That’s the same money Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev will make in the men’s final Sunday.
In no other sports do women get the same-sized pie.
Fernandez and Raducanu never saw Billie Jean King hit a tennis ball in competition. But they must know by now that King is their benefactor, the crusader who browbeat tennis into true gender equality, the champion who became a rising tide.
They are the sum of Billie Jean’s imaginings.
King’s autobiography, “All In,” is in the bookstores. It is big and loud and thorough and, for those who actually try to visualize putting the same irons into the same fires, quite exhausting.
She learned the game at public parks in Long Beach, from kind instructors who didn’t charge a dime. Now the National Tennis Center in New York is named for King, as is the dazzling new Long Beach library.
Long Beach is unveiling its new Billie Jean King Main Library on Saturday. City employees were busy putting a last-minute shine on the new building in Long Beach on Friday, September 20, 2019. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG)
She grew up on 36th Street in the Wrigley section, daughter of a firefighter, amid strict boundaries that left room for enormous support. She wound up with a Presidential Medal of Honor.
Nelson Mandela sought her out. Elton John wrote “Philadelphia Freedom” about her.
She was 12-6 in Grand Slam singles titles and won 39 major championships all told, including a record 20 at Wimbledon. She saved women’s tennis, and maybe even feminism at large, when she slayed an outrageous dragon named Bobby Riggs, in front of 30,000 fans in the Astrodome. Few players in any sport have walked through such high pressure, in front of a prime-time ABC audience, and a celebrity section comparable to Ali-Frazier.
She had an abortion when it was still a crime in much of the U.S. She was outed by Marilyn Barnett, the lover who sued her. That cost her millions in endorsements, even from Phil Knight and Nike. Eventually the world was pulled by her magnetic field, as it often was, and King became an LGBTQ hero.
In so many ways, hers is the story of America.
Yet King, who gritted through rampant illnesses and injuries to finish seven different years as the world’s No. 1 player, was stopped in her tracks by an eating disorder, and how it masked far deeper issues.
At the Renfew Center near Philadelphia, a counselor asked King to visualize a safe space. “I couldn’t find one,” she said.
Eventually she did. She and partner Ilana Kloss …read more
Source:: Los Angeles Daily News
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