Billie Jean King Biography & Achievements

Billie Jean King, née Billie Jean Moffitt, (born November 22, 1943, Long Beach, California, U.S.), American tennis participant

Billie Jean King, née Billie Jean Moffitt, (born November 22, 1943, Long Beach, California, U.S.), American tennis participant whose influence and playing style elevated the status of women's professional tennis starting from the late 1960s. In her career she won 39 big names, competing in both singles and doubles.

 

King was athletically likely from an early age. She was perhaps one of the greatest doubles players in the history of tennis, winning 27 major titles. With her successes in 1967, she was the first woman since 1938 to sweep the U.S. and British singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles in a single year. Roku error code 016

King turned professional following 1968 and became the first female athlete to win more than $100,000 in 1 year (1971). In 1973 she overcome the aging Bobby Riggs in a much-publicized"Battle of the Sexes" match. The game set a record for the largest tennis audience and the greatest handbag awarded up to that time. She pushed for the rights of women players, helped to form a separate women's tour, and got financial backing from commercial sponsors. She was one of the founders and the first president (1974) of this Women's Tennis Association.

 

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