🎾 Billie Jean King - A Tennis Champion and Activist

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.


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.


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


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.”