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May 08, 2009 at 12:50am IST

King, McEnroe play tennis on floating court

New York: A floating tennis court was inaugurated on Wednesday by two tennis greats, Billie Jean King and John McEnroe on New York's Hudson River.

They kicked off the National Tennis Month by playing on the floating court in Manhattan. Incidentally, May is National Tennis Month in the US and the USTA staged the event to bring attention to the game.

"If by doing this I get a couple of kids to inspire them to get out and play and eventually, hopefully play tournament tennis, maybe even become a champion - that would make it all worthwhile," said John McEnroe.

MATCH ON: John McEnroe (L) and Billie Jean King (R) get ready for a USTA promotional event on a barge in the Hudson River.

"May is always a great month because that's really our kick-off moment. We have block parties throughout the country," remarked Billie Jean King.