Speak Your Own Truth, on Your Own Terms

Published to The New York Times on June 27, 2014

Billie Jean King loves to connect.  The 70-year-old tennis legend — winner of 39 Grand Slam titles, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and, most famously, the “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs in 1973 — peppers questions like forehand volleys.  Within three minutes of walking into Boulud Sud, near Lincoln Center, Ms. King had learned that the restaurant manager’s mother rowed crew for Syracuse University; asked her interviewer’s partner’s name (and tossed it off casually through the afternoon); and compared notes on the French Open with the waiter.

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