On First Day Of US Open, Tennis Legend Billie Jean King Endorses Quinn

Iconic sports legend Billie Jean King endorsed Christine Quinn on today outside the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows today.

“Christine Quinn is exactly what New York needs: a groundbreaking, effective progressive, who has delivered for New Yorkers time and time again,” said Billie Jean King. “She is successful because she is problem solver and a champion for all New Yorkers. She's a winner. She's tough, she's capable, she's compassionate and she gets results. There is no one better for New York, than Christine Quinn.”

 King was named one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century” by Life Magazine, and won thirty-nine Grand Slam titles over her career. Her defeat of Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match in 1973 is one of the most famous sporting events of all time. King also founded the Women’s Tennis Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation. 

In recognition of her contributions to the sport and society, in 2006 the U.S. Tennis Association renamed the home of the U.S. Open the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. King has received acclaim for her efforts fighting AIDS, promoting equality for women, as well as gays and lesbians. 

“Billie Jean King is a trailblazer in American culture and sports and someone I look up to as a national leader on so many levels. She is a true model for young women and progressives everywhere and I couldn't be honored to receive her support,” Quinn said. “She has devoted her life to breaking down barriers and fighting for equality and her endorsement means so much.”