Billie Jean King praises Tennis Canada

Billie Jean King praises Tennis Canada

Billie Jean King has played in hundreds of tournaments, met thousands of people and hit millions of balls. So we have to believe her when she says that Tennis Canada is probably the best tennis federation in the world.

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Nicholas Richard

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He saw how the National Bank open house week unfolded in Montreal and Toronto. She has witnessed the enthusiasm of fans and players for this tournament for the last few decades. She is also in awe of the new wave of players from Canada.

During a long interview with Press Before his September 28 talk at C2 Montreal, he first praised Michael Downey, President and CEO of Tennis Canada, who is doing “a fantastic job.” Afterwards, he spoke of the immense luck of having two “healthy” tournaments. He then praised the “excellent Canadian players.”

Three elements that make, according to her, that “Tennis Canada is probably the most recognized and prominent association on the planet. She’s number one in the world.”

He would even like Americans to copy the Canadian model, especially when it comes to financing. In Canada, the government helps and supports Tennis Canada and the National Bank Open. For example, in early August, the federal government offered Tennis Canada $10 million to ensure the survival of the tournament. This is the kind of gesture that Billie Jean King would like the US government to make towards the US Tennis Federation to ensure its development, but it is not the case.

Montreal, city of tennis

According to the former world number one, the two cities of Montreal and Toronto are important. However, she believes that the Montreal chapter of the OBN has a special prestige.


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National Bank Open match preview, early August

Montreal has held a tournament for a long time, although it was a smaller tournament at the time. For years, players have said that it is their favorite. Most of the players who play these tournaments become great champions, and that is why it is important to have tournaments of all levels.

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These comments echo those made by Andy Murray, when he confided to Press just before the start of the last tournament that there was nowhere in the world where so many fans came to watch the practices and the qualifying rounds of the players. He didn’t say anything compared to the Montreal tournament.

“Your two tournaments are fantastic and I remember when the boys and girls were separated, I thought it was splendid. It was absolutely brilliant,” said M.me King, as it allows women in particular to have all the attention in a given city.

the feminine glow

METERme King also praised the Canadian players. “leylah [Fernandez] he reached the final of the US Open last year, it was amazing. She is so good. »


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leylah fernandez

white [Andreescu], it is the same, she is very kind. I know them a little and they are great girls.

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Recall that Andreescu won the New York tournament in 2019.

The 78-year-old, who won the Battle of the Sexes in September 1973, also touted Gabriela Dabrowski as Canada’s top doubles player. “She’s also very good,” she clarified.

She finds it unfortunate that her success is not as publicized as that of her compatriots Andreescu and Fernandez, but that is the lot of doubles players. METERme King is well placed to know, having won 27 of her 39 major titles in women’s or mixed doubles.

“I liked playing doubles more than singles, because I come from team sports. I loved that. »

He also likes the format of international competitions, because it is possible to watch doubles matches, which is usually rarer on television. He refers to the Billie Jean King Cup, which he still calls Fed Cup, because “I can’t use my own name, it’s too embarrassing,” she joked.


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