Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King was born in 1943 in Long Beach, California. When she was 11, her father William J. Moffitt thought it would be a good idea for her to learn to play tennis. As an adult it was hard for her being one of the only women to play tennis. She won the Wimbledon Singles Tournament six times [1966, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, and 1975], Wimbledon Doubles Tournament, ten times, and mixed doubles four times. She was also successful at the United States Open Championships. She won the singles title four times and the doubles title five times. Bobby Riggs was one of the best male tennis players in the world. He challenged her to a match and it was on TV. She actually beat him on September 20, 1973. In 1996, she coached the USA women's team at that year's Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

1998, by Sameer, third grade

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