Did I want the men and women together to have one voice? Absolutely. But the men rejected us and that's life and so you go to Plan B. Everybody pulled together eventually and we made it happen.
We also have a mentoring program, which I think is really important for the women. I do a power hour, two sessions every U.S. Open. They bring in a lot of the young players, our future top 10 or 20. We talk about the history, we connect. As rookies, they have to learn the history of the WTA. All of those things combined add up to the cohesiveness that we have as women athletes in the WTA.
Q: What are your thoughts on gay rights in Russia and a possible boycott ahead of the Sochi Olympics?
A: You have to ask the athletes and whatever they decide. I've talked to some of them and they're trying to figure out what's best. They believe in no discrimination at all, in anything, especially sexual orientation.
I'm not the athlete trying to go there and win a medal in the Winter Olympics. I can't walk in their shoes, exactly. I personally, as an athlete, would be very happy not to go to protest. But am I doing more good by going and being there or doing things with it or am I better off not to? That's always the challenge.
The LGBT community, it's the civil rights issue of the 21st century, at least the first half of it. We're at the tipping point.
Q: Could you have imagined the accomplishments in your life?
A: I knew as a youngster I wanted to be No. 1 in tennis. I knew by 12 my platform would be tennis, but my real life was going to be wrapped around equality and social justice. I felt like I had a tremendous sense of destiny. I don't know why.
As King points out in the documentary, "I know I'm very idealistic. I'm off the charts on it. But that's OK — I think that's what keeps me going. I've been yelling and screaming that I've got one big thing left in me."
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