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King wants WTA, ATP to unite

Updated: January 26, 2009, 8:49 PM ET
Reuters

NEW YORK -- Tennis pioneer Billie Jean King, who founded the Women's Tennis Association 35 years ago, says her real dream was to bring the men's and women's players' unions together under one banner.

"If people knew the history, they would know that I never wanted us to be separate from the guys," King told Reuters in a telephone interview on Monday.

"I went to the ATP and they wouldn't let us in. So that was never my wish. My wish was always to be together, to be one voice, one power ...

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