She didn't need one, but Anne Keothavong got a sales pitch earlier this year from tennis legend Billie Jean King.
The World Team Tennis co-founder sought out Keothavong at a tournament in Indian Wells. King wanted Keothavong, the former longtimeBritish No. 1 women's tennis player, to play World Team Tennis this summer for the first time.
Keothavong said she was told that though the league schedule can be grueling, a number of players go on to have a successful summer tournament season.
"I took her word for it," Keothavong said, laughing, in a phone interview from London.
Keothavong made herself available and the Newport Beach Breakers reacted, taking her with the No. 1 overall pick in the WTT Draft. They'll get her services after she finishes a more pressing matter.
Keothavong, 27, is playing in her home tournament of Wimbledon this week. She defeated her countrywoman, Naomi Broady, 6-2, 6-4, in the first round Tuesday. Keothavong plays No. 8-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in a second-round match Wednesday.