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YEAR 21 OF HBO AT WIMBLEDON KICKS OFF THIS MONDAY
Published June 22, 1995
In a preview of their coverage of the Wimbledon Championships, HBO introduced analysts Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova to discuss the upcoming Grand Slam event. Among the highlights: Navratilova expressed her opposition to Slazenger and Wimbledon taking air out of the ball to slow down the game. Martina says she has seen arm problems and shoulder problems for women in the last week that has been caused by practicing with the slower ball. Navratilova: "It is a short term solution to a long term problem." She said the problem is really one of technology, with today's racquets being too powerful. King and Navratilova both spoke on the state of the game. Both said Monica Seles' comeback would be a great benefit to the women's game, and King responded to last year's talk that tennis was "dying." King: "Tennis is not dying. It has been through some crisis, but I think the WTA and ATP have responded appropriately and positively. Women are giving more and more time off the court." King stressed the game has to be looked in two parts -- both professional and recreational, and both sides need attention by the governing bodies. She also suggested comparing interest in Europe, Asia, and Australia, with that of the U.S. King: "Things do go in cycles, but I think the players have responded ... I would like to see more continuity with U.S. grass roots programs. We are trying to figure out ways that we can all be on the same page, same direction." King said the game was at its "peak" in '78 (THE DAILY).