Billie Jean King
About the Speaker
Winner of 12 Grand Slam Singles Titles, 16 Grand Slam Women's Doubles Titles & 11 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Titles; Advocate for women in sports; Founder of The Women's Tennis Association, The Women in Sports Foundation, & World Tennis Team; Coach of the U.S. Fed Cup Team
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Detailed Biography of Billie Jean King
When it comes to leveling the playing field for women in sports, almost no one can be credited with doing more for women than tennis great Billie Jean King did. In addition to her impeccable performance on the court, King also set sail a serve that helped shatter the glass ceiling in sports.
Probably the most famous single match from Billie Jean King’s career will always be her “Battle of the Sexes” match against Wimbledon champion Bobby Riggs in 1983. Billie Jean King bested Riggs in that match in a boon for women everywhere. When she was not competing against men, Billie Jean King racked up an array of titles, including 11 Grand Slam mixed double titles, 12 Grand Slam singles titles and 16 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles. In career prize money, Billie Jean King accumulated $1,966,487.
From 1968 to 1983, Billie Jean King competed in professional tennis, but her impact has gone well beyond those years. Because of her landmark ability to bring sexism issues to the forefront, Billie Jean King appearances over the years have led to many conversations about how to make sports have gender equality. As part of the efforts of her cause, King helped found the Women’s Tennis Association, World Team Tennis and the Women’s Sports Foundation and has often spoken in support of those groups.
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