Battle of the Sexes Information

The Battle of the Sexes was a nationally televised tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King, held in Houston, Texas, on September 20, 1973. Riggs was a master showman, sports hustler, and a 1940s tennis star who, for three years, had been the World No. 1. He challenged King to a match after beating another top female tennis player, Margaret Court. King eventually beat Riggs in a competitive match.

A master promoter of himself and of tennis, Riggs saw an opportunity in 1973 to make money and to elevate the popularity of a sport he loved. Although 55 years old at the time, he played the male chauvinist card and came out of retirement to challenge one of the world's greatest female players to a match, claiming that the female game was inferior and that a top female player could not beat him even at the age of 55. Riggs first challenged Court, 30 years old and the top female player in the world. In their May 1, 1973, Mother's Day match in Ramona, California, Riggs used his drop shots and lobs to keep Court off balance. His easy 6–2, 6–1 victory landed Riggs on the cover of both Sports Illustrated and Time magazine.

Suddenly in the national limelight, Riggs taunted all female tennis players, prompting King to accept a lucrative financial offer to play Riggs in a nationally televised match that the promoters dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes".

Wikipedia, Battle of the Sexes, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Battle_of_the_Sexes_(tennis) (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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