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King seeks Congress' help spreading tennis

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hall of Famer and women's tennis pioneer Billie Jean King is asking members of Congress to help the U.S. Tennis Association with community outreach efforts.

King is in Washington to meet with lawmakers and further the USTA's efforts to develop local partnerships around the country.

Speaking at the National Press Club on Wednesday, the owner of 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 27 more in women's or mixed doubles said: "Tennis has given me my platform ... to continue my lifelong quest for equal rights and opportunities for boys and girls, men and women."

King says the USTA "is more committed than ever to make tennis more accessible," and has built or refurbished more than 25,000 courts in public parks or schools since 2005.