2: Game Changer
In one remarkable summer, Billie Jean King reshaped the future of not just women’s tennis but women’s sport. A champion on the court, her career coincided with the revival of feminism and they went hand in hand. This was never more evident than in 1973 when in between forming the Women’s Tennis Association and beating Bobby Riggs in the Battle of The Sexes, she became the first and only player in the Open Era to win Wimbledon’s Triple Crown.
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With many thanks to Billie Jean King, Rosie Casals, Judy Dalton, Ingrid Lofdahl, Mary Carillo, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Zina Garrison, Susan Ware and Grace Lichtenstein.