Billie Jean King could not enter 'her' Center for security and had not been missing since 1959

The USTA admitted on Friday that one of the most difficult decisions made in preparation for the US Open was to deny the credential to the legendary Billie Jean King.

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The United States National Tennis Association (USTA) admitted on Friday that one of the most difficult decisions made during the preparation of the US Open was to deny the credential of access to the courts of Flushing Meadows to the legendary Billie Jean King.

The pioneering legend of American and world women's tennis, who has been named after the National Tennis Center since 2006, was excluded from the credentials that gave access to the venue due to strict adherence to the security guidelines established by the state of New York in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Health and safety protocols forced us to reduce our number on the site to just players, player entourages and essential tournament personnel," USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier told the local New York Post.

"Nothing in the protocols allowed Billie (King) to have access to the venue," he said.

King's absence from the US Open is the first since 1959, when he began competing.

"You know it's a very difficult year when Billie Jean King doesn't join us at the US Open," admitted Widmaier.

"We needed to comply with health and safety protocols, no matter how strict they might seem. Billie may not have been here in person, but we all carry her spirit with us in the way we have faced the organization," he said. .

King, 76, has been an ambassador for the USTA as of late and has been working remotely to help.

Its spokesperson, Tip Nunn, said that he did not discuss the decision made by the organization of the Open and that on the contrary, he adapted and maintained his rhythm of collaboration and help.



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