🎾 Billie Jean King - A Tennis Champion and Activist


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Billie Jean King - A champion on the court, a crusader for social justice and women’s equality in sports, and a visionary whose legacy is ever-evolving. Born on Nov 22, 1943, Billie Jean King is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player.

:1st_place_medal: King won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles (6 Wimbledon, 4 US Open, 1 Australian Open, 1 French Open titles), 16 in women’s doubles, & 11 in mixed doubles from 1959 through 1983.

:sparkles: In 1973, at age 29, she won the “Battle of the Sexes” an exhibition tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. Riggs had been a top men’s player in the 1930s & 1940s. Claiming that the women’s game was so inferior to the men’s game that even a 55-year-old like himself could beat the current top female players, he challenged Margaret Court & Billy Jean.

:medal_military: The Riggs-King match took place at the Houston Astrodome in Texas on Sep 20, 1973. In front of 30,492 spectators, a television audience estimated at 50 million people (U.S.), & 90 M in 37 countries, King beat the pompous Riggs 6–4, 6–3, 6–3.

:raised_hands: The match is considered a very significant event in developing greater recognition & respect for women’s tennis.


:eight_spoked_asterisk: Margaret Court - 64 Grand Slam Champion - A record unbeaten!
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What a remarkable story and extraordinary achievement! We have come a long way because of these women and their crusade for social justice and women’s equality in sports.


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21 Sep 1973 - Billie-Jean King plays Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes clash in the Astrodome, Houston, Texas.


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American tennis great Billie Jean King broke down barriers in her push for equal prize money for women, and as one of the first well-known openly gay athletes. In 1973, she formed the Women’s Tennis Association and famously defeated Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes.”