Billie Jean King's Tennis Equipment, Gear, and Accessories

Birthday: 11/22/43
Birthplace: Long Beach, California
Residence: Sarasota, Florida
Height: 5'4 1/2" (1.64m)
Weight: 130 lbs (58.9 kg)
Plays: Right Handed, One-Handed Backhand
Turned Pro: 1960
Retired: 1983
Coach: --
Grand Slam Singles Titles: 12
Grand Slam Doubles Titles: 27
In a career spanning the amateur and Open eras, Billie Jean King, won 67 Pro and 37 Amateur Singles titles, and 101 Pro Doubles titles. In her early years Billie Jean excelled at baseball and softball playing shortstop at 10 years of age on a team with girls 4–5 years older than her. At age 11, she bought her first tennis racquet with money saved from odd jobs. In 1961 and 1962, while still in high school, she captured the Wimbledon Women's Doubles titles. In 1964 she left college to pursue a career in tennis and later that year won the US Open Women's Doubles title. In 1966 she captured her first Grand Slam Singles title at Wimbledon and began racking in championships from there. In 1973 she spearheaded the creation of the Women's Tennis Association and in 1974 she founded the Women's Sports Foundation to increase opportunities for female participation in sports. Also during 1973 she won the hearts of millions by defeating ex-pro tennis player Bobby Riggs in an exhibition match. Although she retired in 1983, she continued to inspire many as she has been the forerunner in the fight against Equal Pay for Female athletes and Gender equality. In the summer of 1974 Billie Jean and ex-husband Larry King co-founded World Team Tennis. King and now partner Ilana Kloss became minority owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team in September 2018. Some of her hobbies include ballet and movies. Her brother, Randy was a Major League Baseball pitcher for 13 years, and she was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.

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