Billie Jean King


Billie Jean King was rated one of the 100 most important Americans of the twentieth century in 1990 by Life magazine. Billie was ranked 5 out of the top 40 athletes by Sports Illustated on the most significant altering or elevating sports of the last four decades (1994). One thing she was very famous for was the battle of the sexes a tennis match against Bobby Riggs. She was also was one of nine players who went away from the tennis establishment and gladly took $1 contracts from a tennis promoter, Gladys Heldman who lives in Houston, Texas. This revolt led to women’s professional tennis and also the formation of the Virginia Slims Tour and also Women’s Tennis Association (1973). Also The Women's Sports Foundation (1974), Womens sports Magazine (1974) and co-founded the World Team Tennis (1974). She was the first female athlete in any sport to earn more than 100,000 dollars in a single season (She got 100,000 dollars from The Battle of the Sexes) that season she earned 117,000 dollars.


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