Billie Jean King wasn't bashful about her opinion on the state of tennis during a quaint meet-and-greet for the new Orange County Breakers at the Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa Tuesday night.
She said tennis, mainly men's, is great globally, but the U.S. is in last place.
With regard to World TeamTennis, she would like her Breakers to be in first place, and that doesn't just mean in the league standings. Lindsay Davenport and a new venue just might be the right combination to deliver.
The O.C. Breakers begin their new season at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center July 9. It will be a challenging debut, as they take on the Washington Kastles, who went undefeated last year.
Davenport, who lives in Laguna Beach, is playing all seven home matches.
King has seen World TeamTennis franchises succeed in other cities and she believes that can take place here. She's determined to make it happen. She spent most of her day talking to media, sponsors and potential fans. She even shared her excitement about meeting the new interns working for the Breakers this season.