NEWPORT BEACH — As the Newport Beach Breakers began their quest for a World Team Tennis title, the woman who put the "King" in King trophy was in the house Tuesday night at The Tennis Club.
It was Ladies Night, which meant a pre-match tennis clinic for women featuring WTT co-founder and Breakers co-owner Billie Jean King. Once the match actually began, King wasn't on the court, but she yelled encouragement to the Breakers players from the corner of the stadium.
The St. Louis Aces' scheduled marquee player, former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, was missing. The Aces' women still didn't miss their opportunity, winning a key doubles set as St. Louis took control.
Lester Cook took it back. Big time.
The Breakers' men's singles player won the final set then a dramatic super tiebreaker, helping the Breakers come from behind to win, 19-18.
Davenport will not play in the league this summer. She is pregnant and was placed under travel and activity restrictions by her doctor, the WTT announced Tuesday.