Billie Jean King


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Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is an American former professional tennis player. King won a total of 39 Grand Slam titles through out her career; this includes 12 singles, 16 doubles and 11 mixed doubles titles. Additionally King won the first ever WTA Tour Championships and was a three time winner of the doubles event. King is an advocate for sexual equality and won The ... more »

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  • ''... why shouldn't women make good coaches? We were brought up to listen, to nurture, to observe.''
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. As quoted in Sports Illustrated, p. 74 (April 29, 1991).
  • ''People say, "Do you know how much a million dollars is?" I don't have a clue. How many Big Macs will it buy me?''
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 31 (May 1977). King, who by this time had earned an impressi...
  • ''... today, you just walk on the court, throw up the ball, roll over your arm, and make $100,000. I killed myself for $100,000.''
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 52 (January 1978). On what was then the recent great increas...
  • ''I have a lot to say, and if I'm not No. 1, I can't say it.''
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. As quoted in WomenSports magazine, p. 52 (January 1978). Though beset with knee problems, the tenn...
  • ''There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.''
    Billie Jean King (b. 1943), U.S. tennis player. Billie Jean, ch. 2 (1982).
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