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Should top women tennis players hire Hall of Fame coaches?

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Recently tennis great Billie Jean King was questioning why the higher ranked female players are not looking towards legendary stars as coaches.

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"It's a big mistake because we are a great resource, and they should ask. Nobody ever comes to me and says 'Will you help me with my game?' … said the 70 year old King in an interview with the BBC at Indian Wells.

Now King's age might be a factor against her taking a full time coaching position, but there other past stars that might be able to guide some of today's players.

Martina Hingis, former number one from Switzerland is making such an effort with 15th ranked Sabine Lisicki of Germany, who was finalist at last year's Wimbledon. Hingis is not only mentoring Lisicki, but having playing success with the duo recently winning the doubles title in Miami at the Sony Open.

"Last week, I was not sure if I want to put myself out there like this and lose first, second round. Now, after this victory, definitely things change," Hingis said, "I would be very happy to continue to play some more doubles."

With top men like Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer hiring Hall of Famers like Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl and Stefan Edberg respectively, why haven't more high ranking women followed suit?

Maria Sharapova tried a half-hearted attempt with Jimmy Connors, but that was done after one match. The only other recent effort was recently retired Marion Bartoli, 2013 Wimbledon champion, who worked with Amelie Mauresmo.

Why aren't the WTA leading ladies showing more interest in employing the likes of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova?

They both are two of the greatest players and very knowledgeable proven by their television broadcast work. Evert's academy in Florida is one of the most respected institutions in the game.

King feels there needs to be a change in feelings for the condition to change on the women's part.

"We've been taught that we're not as good at things. That's the way world culture works," said the 12-times grand slam singles champion who has been a driving force behind equal prize money for women. I don't think it ever crosses their mind."


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