Billie Jean King

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

United States of America
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)
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA

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 56th Women's Australian Championships: Billie Jean King beats Margaret Court (6-1, 6-2)
  • 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
  • 1969-01-27 1st Women's Australian Open (57th edition of the tournament): Margaret Court beats 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
  • 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 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)
  • 1972-07-08 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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