Us Open Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

US Open Tennis CourtsIn 2006 and on the opening night of the US Open the United States Tennis Association announced that the National Tennis Centre -- the world’s largest public tennis facility and home of the US Open -- was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre in honour of the iconic ladies tennis legend. Her leadership and forceful personality are almost singlehandedly responsible for gender equality in tennis today.

Billie Jean is one of the best known sportswomen in the world, not only was she a leader in the women’s tennis movement, she was also a great champion. She won a total of 39 Grand Slam Titles, including 13 at the US Open.

For her many achievements, King was named by Life magazine one of the 100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century, and placed Number five on Sports Illustrated’s Top 40 Athletes.

The USTA now honour two of the sport’s greatest icons who transcended tennis and gave voice to important cultural issues in this country. In 1997, the USTA named the world’s largest tennis stadium after Arthur Ashe.