renamed for Billie Jean King
Arthur Kapetanakis | April 16, 2018
With the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center already established as a fixture on the East Coast, the USTA will now further honor the American icon on the West Coast by renaming the USTA Girls' 18s and 16s National Championships in her honor. The USTA Intersectional Team Championships will also be rebranded to recognize King's many contributions to tennis.
The National Championships, part of the USTA adidas Junior Championship Series, will be renamed The USTA Billie Jean King Girls’ 18s and 16s National Championships presented by adidas, beginning with the 2018 tournament, which will be held Aug. 4-12.
These marquee events, played annually on hard courts at the Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, are the premier national championships for American girls and award US Open main-draw wild cards to their 18s singles and doubles champions.ADVERTISEMENT
The 18s tournament dates back to 1918, and its list of champions includes legends, such as Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati, as well as current rising stars CiCi Bellis, Sofia Kenin and Kayla Day.
The USTA Intersectional Team Championships, traditionally played over five days around the July 4 holiday, are the USTA’s national team championships for boys’ and girls’ at the 16- and 14-and-under levels. Every USTA section sends a team of at least three boys and three girls to compete in a team-tennis format, combining boys’ and girls’ singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
Beginning in 2019, this rotating-site event will be renamed The USTA Billie Jean King Team Championships.
“I’m honored to be part of these junior championships and support the goals and dreams of these players on and off the court,” King said.
“Billie has devoted her life to promoting tennis and ensuring that our sport is welcoming to all,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board and President. “Both of these events epitomize what she stands for – excellence, team play and gender equality. We are honored to have her name associated with both these great events.”