File - Billie Jean King reflects about her match against Bobby Riggs in 1973 as she stands in front of a display at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sept. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Top female tennis players may be doing themselves a disservice by hiring male coaches instead of women, according to former great Billie Jean King.While age may be against King and the 57-year-old Navratilova becoming coaches, it appears odd that the more-recently retired players have not moved into coaching.Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki split with Thomas Hogstedt in January, sending the WTA rumor mill into overdrive as to who the fading Dane would turn to next, just as it did when Maria Sharapova ditched former men's world No. 1 Jimmy Connors after just one match last year.Among the men, it is no surprise to see the likes of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer working with Ivan Lendl, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg respectively – men who were all dominant in a previous era.
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