Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King Brief Biography

Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King (ne Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women's doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. King won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships. King often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup. She was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. For three years, King was the United States' captain in the Federation Cup.

King is an advocate for gender equality and has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice. In 1973, at age 29, she won the Battle of the Sexes tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, and was the founder of the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation. Her husband Larry King started World Team Tennis with Dennis Murphy, Jordan Kaiser, and Fred Barman in 1973.

Billie Jean King News

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• The Almanac for Sept. 20, the 263rd day of 2017
• Emma Stone wears tennis whites to 'Battle of the Sexes' movie premiere
• Emma Stone says male co-stars took pay cuts to ensure parity

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