Legendary Billie Jean King, who founded the WTA in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity and won 129 singles titles during her career, says she is not done yet, after winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Laureus World Sports Awards, where tennis superstar, Naomi Osaka, won World Sportswoman of the Year.
In social media posts after receiving the honour, King said: “It’s an honour and a true privilege to have received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Sport has gifted many a platform to make the world a kinder, safer and more equal place. I’m grateful to Laureus Sport for the Lifetime Achievement Award. And I’m not done yet.”
A young woman who no doubt is following in the legend’s steps is superstar tennis player, Naomi Osaka, who expressed her joy at being named World Sportswoman of the Year after a year which has seen her reach the peak of her sport and demonstrate incredible activism.
“I am so happy to receive this Award. Looking ahead my main hopes for the future would be to have helped or impacted as many people as I could. You know, if you have a platform I think it’s very important to use it”
Osaka received high praise from eight time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt, who congratulated her, saying: “You are such a great role model for all the athletes and you show the woman athletes around the world what hard work and dedication can do.”
Photo 1 Caption: Superstar tennis player, Naomi Osaka, expressed joy at being named Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year. Photo: Naomi Osaka / Twitter
Photo 2 Caption: The legendary Billie Jean King – who founded the WTA in 1973 on the principle of equal opportunity after 129 singles titles during her playing career – says she is not done yet, after winning the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo: Video Screengrab