Responsible for heading the women’s tennis movement and equality for women in tennis, Billie Jean King, in 1990, was named by Life magazine named as one of the “100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century.”
She was ranked number 5 on Sports Illustrated “Top 40 Athletes” for her role in elevating sports and specifically women’s sports over the last four decades.
In 1997, she received an award at the White House, the Flo Hyman Award, and she also won the “Player Who Makes a Difference Award” from Family Circle.
Billie Jean won 20 Wimbledon titles, an all time record. She was ranked No. 1 in the world five times between 1966 and 1972, and was in the Top 10 for a total of 17 years from 1960 – 1977.
Billie Jean was a pioneer for women’s tennis. She was the first to sign a pro contract in 1968, and in 1971 she was the first woman athlete to win more than $100,000 in any sport. She is the only woman to ever win the U.S. Open singles titles on all four of the surfaces (grass, clay, carpet, and hard courts.) She is also one of only eight women to hold a singles title in each of the Grand Slam events.
In 1974, she became the first woman to coach a co-ed team in professional sports. She became the first female commissioner in professional sports history for World Team Tennis in 1984.
Billie Jean King also won 13 U.S. Open titles, one Australian Open title, four French Open titles, and 695 career singles victories. For a total of 18 years, she was ranked in the U.S. top ten, and ranked No. 1 on the U.S. doubles list for 12 years. She still holds the record for the most total wins in the Federation Cup play, including 27 consecutive doubles matches.
In 1973, she won a “Battle of the Sexes” match, defeating Bobby Riggs in a nationally televised event at Houston’s Astrodome that still holds the record number of 30,742 people to ever attend a single tennis match.
Billie Jean was captain of the U.S. Federation Cup Team which won the title over Spain in 1996. She also coached the U.S. Federation Cup Team in 1998, and the 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Tennis Team.
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