SBD/September 19, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Billie Jean King Wants To Expand World TeamTennis Outside Of U.S.

World TeamTennis co-Founder Billie Jean King has "suggested it would expand beyond U.S. boundaries," according to Bobby Chintapalli of USA TODAY. King said, "There will be some plans coming up now that will start to be what I picture it to be. We have the word 'world' in there for a reason. We want to be outside of the United States as well." The WTT is currently is in eight U.S. cities, and King would "like to see the current league add one or two Canadian teams." Expanding into Europe would "create all kinds of logistical issues because of the brevity -- 14 matches in about three weeks -- of the season." King said that the "globalization of tennis means more opportunities for WTT." She added that the league "stays nimble and gives fans what they want." King: "But I also want the younger generation to shape it" (USA TODAY, 9/19).
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