Serena, Felix now a part of an ‘previous ladies community’, says Billie Jean King

Published:Mar 10, 202422:43
Serena, Felix now a part of an ‘previous ladies community’, says Billie Jean King

A number of the greatest names in girls’s sport bowed out of competitors in 2022 however tennis icon Billie Jean King expects the likes of Serena Williams and Allyson Felix to proceed making headlines as a part of a flourishing “previous ladies community”.

Williams, who bid an emotional goodbye to tennis on the US Open final month, and seven-time Olympic gold medallist Felix each had companies up and operating earlier than calling time on their careers.

Different elite feminine athletes, corresponding to four-time WNBA champion Sue Hen and three-time Olympic ice hockey medallist Kendall Coyne Schofield, have leveraged their expertise in entrance workplaces {of professional} sport.

King, who battled for gender equality in tennis and celebrated her Girls’s Sports activities Basis’s annual gala this week, informed Reuters the subsequent stage of their careers could be simply as rewarding.

“Cash offers you alternative, flexibility, mobility and likewise helps issues develop,” she stated. “And that’s why males have at all times completed so properly ... just like the previous boys community.

“Properly, we’re beginning to get an previous ladies community and that’s actually necessary.”

Felix constructed her personal shoe model ‘Saysh’ throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and Hole Inc took an fairness stake in June, whereas 23-time Grand Slam champion Williams’ enterprise fund introduced in March that it had raised $111 million.

“I believe (Williams’) second half of her life will probably be rather more thrilling in some methods, not so far as efficiency, however funding,” stated King.

King and spouse Ilana Kloss have a stake in Nationwide Girls’s Soccer League group Angel Metropolis FC, together with Williams and husband Alexis Ohanian, in addition to Main League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.

5-time Olympic gold medallist Hen, who retired this yr from the WNBA and co-founded the digital media firm Togethxr final yr, labored within the entrance workplace of the Nationwide Basketball Affiliation’s Denver Nuggets.

Coyne Schofield, whose enjoying profession continues to be going sturdy, grew to become the primary feminine participant growth coach for the Nationwide Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks in 2020.

“You actually don’t know who’s going to take over however what’s beginning to occur, which is incredible, is these athletes are going to work for skilled sports activities organizations after their profession and even throughout their careers,” stated King.

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Publish date: 2022-10-14 07:47:15
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