Billie Jean King

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King
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Profession: Tennis Legend

United States of America

Why Famous: Won 39 Grand Slam titles, including 12 singles, 16 women's doubles, and 11 mixed doubles titles.

King is a strong advocate for sexual equality, famously winning the "Battle of the Sexes" match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs in 1973.

She also founded the Women's Tennis Association, World TeamTennis, and the Women's Sports Foundation.

Born: November 22, 1943
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
Age: 75 years old

Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Married Life

  • 1965-09-17 Tennis star Billie Jean King (21) weds attorney Larry King (20) in Long Beach, California

Historical Events in the Life of Billie Jean King

  • 1963-07-05 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Australian Margaret Smith wins her first of 3 Wimbledon titles beating Billie Jean Moffitt 6-3, 6-4
  • 1966-07-02 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats Maria Bueno of Brazil 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 for the first of her 12 Grand Slam singles titles
  • 1967-07-07 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats local favourite Anne Jones 6-3, 6-4 for the 2nd of 3 straight Wimbledon singles titles
  • 1967-09-10 81st U.S. Women's National Championship: Billie Jean King beats Ann Jones (11-9, 6-4)
  • 1968-01-29 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: American Billie Jean King beats home favourite Margaret Court 6-1, 6-2 for her 13th Grand Slam singles title
  • 1968-07-05 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Judy Tegart 9-7, 7-5 to earn first ever prize money (£750) offered at Wimbledon
  • 1968-08-29 1st US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beats Dr Vija Vuskains)
  • 1968-09-07 US Open Women's Tennis: England's Virginia Wade wins first Open era US title; beats Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-2
  • 1969-01-26 1st Australian Open Women's Tennis: Margaret Court wins inaugural Open event; beats American Billie Jean King 6-4, 6-1
  • 1969-07-04 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Home favourite Ann Jones upsets 3-time defending champion Billie Jean King 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • 1970-07-03 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King 14-12, 11-9 for her third and final Wimbledon singles title, and 3rd leg of her successful Grand Slam
  • 1971-09-11 US Open Women's Tennis: In an all-American final Billie Jean King beats doubles partner Rosemary Casals 6-4, 7-6
  • 1971-10-03 American tennis star Billie Jean King becomes first female athlete to win $100,000 in prize money in a single year; wins the $4,000 Virginia Slams Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1972-06-03 French Open Women's Tennis: American icon Billie Jean King wins her only French singles title; beats Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3

  • 1972-07-08 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King earns her 8th Grand Slam singles title beating Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3
  • 1972-09-09 US Open Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King retains her title; beats Kerry Melville Reid of Australia 6-3, 7-5
  • 1973-07-07 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Chris Evert 6-0, 7-5 for her 10th career Grand Slam singles title
  • 1973-09-20 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
  • 1974-09-07 US Open Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King wins her 4th and final US title; beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
  • 1975-07-04 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King outclasses Evonne Goolagong 6-0, 6-1 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title
  • 1981-05-01 Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out

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