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Billie Jean King to Attend 2008 USTA National Campus Championship

Billie Jean King
World TeamTennis founder Billie Jean King will
present the championship awards at the 2008
USTA National Campus Championship.
The USTA Tennis On Campus program is pleased to announce that Billie Jean King, legendary tennis champion and advocate for social change and equality, will attend the 2008 USTA National Campus Championship presented by Tennis Warehouse in Cary, N.C., April 17-19.  King will be on hand for Friday's and Saturday's play and will present the championship awards.

Over her long and illustrious tennis career, King won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 13 at the US Open.  She was one of nine players who broke away from the tennis establishment in 1970 and accepted $1 contracts to play women's tennis professionally.  This led to the formation of the Women's TEnnis Association.  But perhaps she is best remembered for her 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" victory over Bobby Riggs, a 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 triumph that created a lasting effect for society and the women's movement.

King has had an even more profound impact off the court.  She founded the WTA (1973) and co-founded World TeamTennis (1974), a groundbreaking co-ed professional tennis league, and founded the World TeamTennis Recreational League.  The World TeamTennis format is used in the USTA National Campus Championship.

The 2008 USTA National Campus Championship is the culmination of the USTA Tennis On Campus season.  The Championship is administered as a partnership between the USTA, NIRSA, WTT, and ITA in an effort to increase tennis participation on college campuses.  As part of the Tennis On Campus season, all 17 USTA sections hold championships, with teams receiving automatic bids to the 2008 USTA National Campus Championship.  This year, 64 co-ed teams from across the nation will compete in the 9th Annual USTA National Campus Championship.  More than 500 colleges and 25,000 student-athletes currently participate in the program.

For more information on Billie Jean King, visit: http://www.billiejeanking.com.

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