Franklin said her interest in tennis is as dated as her early hits.
â€œIâ€™ve always loved tennis,â€ she said. â€œI go all the way back to Rosie Casals, Chrissie Evert, the backhand, that treacherous backhand that she had. Ilie Nastase, Billie Jean, Evonne Goolagong. I loved to play. I tried to play, yeah.â€
Her current favorites?
â€œOf course, the Williams sisters,â€ she said. â€œI like Justine (Henin). Thereâ€™s another girl, Lindsay Davenport. I like her a lot. She perseveres to the very end.â€
Franklin said USTA officials requested the song, which got the reaction she had hoped for.
â€œI really wanted to see this stadium get up and rock and they did,â€ she said. â€œSo that was fabulous for me.â€
She says she enjoys reaching people throughout the world with any song thatâ€™s recognized wherever she goes.
â€œItâ€™s a wonderful feeling,â€ Franklin said. â€œItâ€™s kind of like the song, â€˜You like to Go Where Everybody Knows Your Name.â€™ Everybody knows â€˜Respectâ€™ and thatâ€™s great. They sing along with me and I like that.â€
Her reaction to the out-fits the Williams sisters wear on the court?
â€œVery daring, very daring, but theyâ€™re young,â€ she said. â€œ(And) young people start new trends. I wish I was in that shape that Serena is. You know, the little body suit, all of that. One of my sons said, â€˜Mom, you know, I like her shape. Her shape is okay.â€™ All right, I know what youâ€™re saying (laughter).â€