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Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King
Personal information
Player nameBillie Jean King
CountryUnited States
ResidenceUSA
Date of birthNovember 22, 1943(age 73)
Place of birthLong Beach, California
Height5 ft 4½ in (164 cm)
Turned pro1968
Retired1983
PlaysRight-handed
Career prize moneyUS$1,966,487
Int. Tennis HOF1987
Singles
Career record695 155 (as shown on WTA website)
Career titles129 (84 during open era)
Highest ranking1 (1966, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1974)
Grand Slam results
Australian OpenW (1968)
French OpenW (1972)
WimbledonW (1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975)
US OpenW (1967, 1971, 1972, 1974)
Doubles
Career record87 37 (as shown on WTA website)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenF (1965, 1969)
French OpenW (1972)
WimbledonW (1961, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1979)
US OpenW (1964, 1967, 1974, 1978, 1980)
Mixed Doubles
Career recordn/a
Career titles11
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenW (1968)
French OpenW (1967, 1970)
WimbledonW (1967, 1971, 1973, 1974)
US OpenW (1967, 1971, 1973, 1976)

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Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943 in Long Beach, California) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. She won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. King has been an advocate against sexism in sports and society. She is known for "The Battle of the Sexes" in 1973, in which she defeated Bobby Riggs, a former Wimbledon men's singles champion.

King is the founder of the Women's Tennis Association, the Women's Sports Foundation, and World Team Tennis, which she founded with her former husband, Lawrence King.


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