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Monica & Fed Cup (BJK Transcript)

With Fed Cup coming up next month, and the USA playing on clay i think Monica will most definetly be playing and also it seems pretty certain Billie wants her there.

Q. From what I have heard, Monica has been particularly quick to say yes. Talk about that.

BILLIE JEAN KING: Monica tends to just say: I will be there. Occasionally if it comes to an injury -- see, what happens, a lot of the players sometimes are injured and if they have an injury or something going on that presents a problem -- Monica has just been exceptional as far as saying if you want me, I will be there. That's the kind of carte blanche you want with the players because then I know what is happening. There is consistency there. Monica seems to be very nationalistic. I think when you become an American citizen you've come from a different country, I don't know, I think there's even sometimes a stronger sense of opportunity and understanding of what they have and I think that sometimes make a difference too. You will find that most of the great players, a lot of them are first generation Americans a lot of times, if you look, you know, Monica, or Capriati actually a first generation American because Stephano is Italian. You have people like Agassi, Sampras, Chang, you look at a lot of these young people and I find that's huge. Or you find People of Color sometimes because there hasn't been a huge amount of People of Color in our sport that they tend to have a sense of understanding that it's interesting. Not always. I mean, everyone is different, just like Lindsay Davenport grew up in an Olympic family culture, like her dad played in the Olympics. So having exposure to a parent playing in the Olympics that's why for Lindsay Davenport winning the Olympics was so important to her. So I think it's just for your own personal experiences or what your parents have talked about, like my parents being of the Depression era, always talking about how tough it was, and I think that if a child listens to oral history I think it means a lot. It's like the Williams sisters always learning about Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe people like that that have meant -- I mean, like somebody asked Venus Williams being ranked No. 1 being the first African-American woman and she said: No, no, you forgot about Althea Gibson. That means somebody didn't even know history. I think that was pretty nice, you know, she -- it was good. She thought -- she knew that Althea was the first -- she's the one that talked to the press, the media, so I thought that was pretty nice. I like that.




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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 2002, 08:09 PM
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thanks for transcript

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 19th, 2002, 11:46 PM
 
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Interesting read. Thanks a lot .
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