‘She’s made nearly $100 million in scholarships’ – Tennis legend Billie Jean King says what Serena Williams did wasn’t a privilege for her

Serena Williams, the former world number one tennis player, recently announced her retirement. The 41-year-old can look back on a successful and extensive career. Not only has she broken records and won awards, but her story of dedication and hard work has served as a role model for aspiring athletes. She reached the top despite coming from a family with financial difficulties and a lack of proper educational opportunities.

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In contrast, Billie Jean King’s generation of women tennis players faced different challenges. They failed to close the wage gap between men and women in sport. In one of the interviews, King discussed the gender pay gap and how the situation has changed since her playing days, comparing herself to Serena Williams.

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Billie Jean King on changing privileges compared to Serena Williams

Previously, Billie Jean King had been invited to the C2 conference in Montreal to discuss equity and equality in sport. She had a forty minute chat with journalist Valérie-Micaela Bain and shared her memories and some keys to success. During the conversation, King highlighted the payments-based difficulties faced by players of her generation, as opposed to someone like someone Serena Williams.

2018 US Open tennis tournament – Day 13. Naomi Osaka of Japan with the winners trophy and Serena Williams of the United States with the runners-up trophy with Chris Evert after the women’s singles final at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the 2018 US Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September August 2018 in Flushing, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Serena Williams, she’s made almost $100 million in grants during her career and just as much off the field, the American recalled. I’ve dreamed of this for a long time.said the 78 year old.

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She further said: “My generation didn’t have that privilege and now I want all women’s sports to get there. For example, at the moment there is a professional ice hockey league, but the best are not there. We have to work on that.

WTA paid tribute to Serena with the voice of Billie Jean King

The WTA recently posted a tribute to tennis great Serena Williams on its official Twitter account. The narration was performed by tennis great Billie Jean King who said: “Dear Serena, do you remember when we first met? Courts were missing lines with broken nets. It was nothing but a canvas to paint your dreams, a dream to be the best tennis player in the world.”

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The video described how her work had empowered millions of people around the world to pursue their dreams, saying: “You were not like the other children, you broke the mold of future generations. Fearless. You inspired her to dream big, to go her own way, to be extraordinary and not to be the exception.

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In the end, Billie Jean King’s words serve as a reminder that the game has made some progress in terms of equal pay, but more remains to be done.

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