Billie Jean King

Tennis Legend Billie Jean King Full Name: Billie Jean King
Nationality:

American

Profession: Tennis Legend
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 (74 years old)
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA

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

  • 1963-07-06 70th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Margaret Smith beats Billie Jean King (6-3 6-4)
  • 1966-07-02 73rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis Singles: Billie Jean King (Miss Moffat) beats Maria Bueno (6-3 3-6 6-1)
  • 1967-07-08 74th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Anne Jones (63 64)
  • 1967-09-10 81st U.S. Women's National Championship: Billie Jean King beats Ann Jones (11-9, 6-4)
  • 1968-01-29 56th Women's Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)
  • 1968-07-06 75th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats J Tegart (97 75)
  • 1968-08-29 1st US Open tennis match (Billie Jean King beats Dr Vija Vuskains)
  • 1968-09-08 82nd U.S. Women's National Championship: Virginia Wade beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-2)
  • 1969-01-27 1st Women's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Margaret Court beats Billie Jean King (6-4, 6-1)
  • 1969-07-04 76th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Ann Jones beats Billie Jean King (3-6 6-3 6-2)
  • 1971-09-12 91st Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Rosemary Casals (6-4, 7-6)
  • 1971-10-03 Billie Jean King became 1st female athlete to win $100,000
  • 1972-06-04 71st Women's French Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (6-3, 6-3)
  • 1972-07-07 79th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Goolagong (63 63)
  • 1972-09-09 92nd Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Kerry Melville Reid (6-3, 7-5)
  • 1973-07-07 80th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Chris Evert (60 75), 1st all-US women's 1st all-US women's Wimbledon final
  • 1973-09-20 Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in battle-of-sexes tennis match
  • 1974-09-08 94th Women's U.S. Open: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong Cawley (3-6, 6-3, 7-5)
  • 1975-07-04 82nd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Evonne Goolagong (60 61)
  • 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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