Billie Jean King is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women's doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. She won the singles title at the inaugural WTA Tour Championships. She often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup. She was a member of the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. For three years, she was the United States' captain in the Federation Cup. King is an advocate for gender equality and has long been a pioneer for equality and social justice. In 1973, at age 29, she won the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. She was also the founder of the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation. She was also instrumental in persuading cigarette brand Virginia Slims to sponsor women's tennis in the 1970s and went on to serve on the board of their parent company Philip Morris in the 2000s.
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About Billie Jean King
Tennis icon who won 12 women's singles Grand Slam tennis titles and defeated former men's champ Bobby Riggs.
She picked up her first tennis racket at the age of 11. She would go on to attend Cal State LA instead of Stanford or USC due to financial issues.
She founded the Women's Tennis Association and the Women's Sports Foundation, and also became the owner of the World Tennis Team.
She was married to her college boyfriend Larry King from 1965 to 1987, despite realizing that she was gay in 1969. Since their divorce, she has been with long-term partner Ilana Kloss.
She captured her sixth Wimbledon singles championship after defeating Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1975.
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- Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative - The Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative is a leadership and diversity nonprofit organization, founded by Billie Jean King in 2014.
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