Originally Posted by Rollo
I can save you time looking in King's bio, your memory is right and King DOES say the USTA prevented her from playing the French AND the post Wimby Euroclay events. The problem is the facts just don't bear out King's assertion. ... Like I say, she couldn't have entered the French until 1965 at the earliest due to college finals-and in 1965 and 1966 she was in Europe and on grass the same week as the French at Surbiton.
Actually, BJK was in Tulsa, Oklahoma playing a clay court tournament when the French Championships was going on in 1966.
Pretty amazing stuff! So she went from playing Fed Cup in Italy, to California on hard courts, to Tulsa on clay, and back to Europe on grass.
It puts a whole new spin on 1966. Of course it doesn't change the fact that she dodged the French in 1966 unless
the USTA forced her to go back to the US. and I highly doubt that was the case. Nancy Richey, Carole Graebner, and Julie Heldman were aslo in Europe during or before the Fed Cup, and none of them went home.
So why did she go back to the US and skip the French?
1. She was forced back by the USTA. If this is the case why wern't the others?
2. She wanted go back to home and her new husband.
3. She hated clay.
4. The USTA gave her a nice fat guarentee to play minor events and she needed the money to help
5. Wimbledon was priority #1.
It could have been any or a combo of all those factors. And having never won Wimbledon I think it makes sense that she skipped Paris as her fellow Californians had before her-both Helen Wills (on her return to Europe in 1927) and Maureen Connolly skipped Paris until winning the big W.
Viewed in that light it makes sense to me the BJK passed on the red clay.