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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 03:17 AM   #1
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Why is it that the USTA has not named a stadium or something for Billie Jean King at the Center? I think it is a complete disgrace and I have been offended for years! I mean, Louis Armstrong has a stadium named for him, and as much as I love Sachmo, what the hell did he ever do that was tennis related? And then we have a living legend like Billie Jean who has done a tremendous amount for the game and she has zip, zero, zilch!
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 03:46 AM   #2
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maybe cause she's still a live and active in the sport? Only at the Canadian Open do they name courts after active players...
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 03:48 AM   #3
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maybe cause she's still a live and active in the sport? Only at the Canadian Open do they name courts after active players...
As I recall, Rod Laver is still alive and kicking and he has a stadium at the AO!
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 05:05 AM   #4
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Yes and the Aussie also has Margaret Court arena as well. So Rod and Margaret are well and truly still alive and kicking.

I agree with Barrie Dude. I am rather amazed that BJK of all people doesn't have a stadium named after her in the States. I am sure it will happen, but sooner rather than later one would hope. Wouldn't it be great if it happened before she left this earthly plane so she could appreciate the honour.
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 06:40 AM   #5
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Why is it that the USTA has not named a stadium or something for Billie Jean King at the Center? I think it is a complete disgrace and I have been offended for years! I mean, Louis Armstrong has a stadium named for him, and as much as I love Sachmo, what the hell did he ever do that was tennis related? And then we have a living legend like Billie Jean who has done a tremendous amount for the game and she has zip, zero, zilch!
Please read this:
http://www.usta.com/nationaltennisce...&icategoryid=0

Louis Armstrong Stadium existed before the National Tennis Center.
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 06:50 AM   #6
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nice article at the link; why would you want to play tennis at A.A. when you can pretty much live there restaurants in a stadium
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Old Jun 10th, 2006, 09:59 AM   #7
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also....At the Berlin tournament, the center court is named the Graf Stadium
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Please read this:
http://www.usta.com/nationaltennisce...&icategoryid=0

Louis Armstrong Stadium existed before the National Tennis Center.
Thanks, it explains some. But my original question still applies: BJK/Stadium/Why Not?
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also....At the Berlin tournament, the center court is named the Graf Stadium
Another Stadium named after someone still alive!
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Another Stadium named after someone still alive!
But it's GRAF!
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But it's GRAF!
I like Graf, but I will take BJK over her any day!
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i heard there were beginnings of talks to rename the USTA national tennis center to the "Billie Jean King USTA national tennis center"... but i guess nothing came of that?
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i heard there were beginnings of talks to rename the USTA national tennis center to the "Billie Jean King USTA national tennis center"... but i guess nothing came of that?
That I would love!
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They are probably waiting until shes dead
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Here is the article in Tennis Week: http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennis...&bannerregion=
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