Billie Jean King’s ‘pet peeve’ is Wimbledon’s ‘horrible’ all white uniform policy
Former number one tennis player and U.S. Women’s Open winner Billie Jean King is now an ambassador for Project Runway’s cause – finding a role model for young girls.
Since retiring from the sport after a career spanning four decades, the American has used her profile as a goodwill ambassador to push tennis into the forefront of women’s careers.
The 33-year-old has been a strong advocate for women’s equality in the sport, and has even made positive remarks about the all-white women’s wear which is used at the tournament.
She told The Sun: ‘I think it’s an unfortunate thing, but the media really doesn’t get it.
‘The media will never do anything with a woman’s body and you guys, you women, you are the ones who do it.
‘They are not afraid to have women in the spotlight. They are so brave and they get us through everything.’
Billie Jean King’s mission to change perceptions of women’s tennis is clear.
She wants women to be able to feel like the players they see on TV – not the professional women who are the subjects of so much public criticism.
‘I have so much respect for women’s tennis and, believe it or not, I’ve really come to appreciate the fact that it’s not all about the physical, there’s a lot of mental and emotional, not just physical,’ she said.
The tennis star is now stepping back from playing herself as an ambassador for Project Runway’s cause – finding a role model for young female tennis players to look up to.
She said: ‘I don’t think I could continue to play the game of tennis if I didn’t really know what happened