SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- In August, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's tennis head coach Gretchen Rush shared the stage with her tennis hero, Billie Jean King, as guest speakers at the Barnes Tennis Center for the USTA Junior Nationals. Over 400 competitors gathered to chase the coveted USTA gold ball and national titles. Coach Rush shared her top three things she has learned from nearly 40 years of tennis competition.
1. Dream Big
2. Love the dog fight.
3. Never give up.
King and Rush then answered questions from the up-and-coming tennis players after their talks. The most memorable question and answer to King was, "What does she like most about tennis?" King responded "Hitting the ball. I loved to hit tennis balls."
King is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player and she won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles.
Rush played 10 years on the WTA tour and was a top-20 singles and doubles player. She was a quarterfinalist at the U.S. Open, French Open and Wimbledon. She represented the United States in the 1984 Olympics, the World University Games, the Pan American Games and the Senior ITF World Championships. Collegiately, she was a four-time All-American at Trinity University where she was NCAA doubles champion in 1983 and NCAA runner-up in singles and doubles in both 1985 and 1986.
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