Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King


11/22/1943, Long Beach, California

Birth Name

Billie Jean Moffitt


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Billie Jean King (born Billie Jean Moffitt on November 22, 1943) is a former world No.1 retired professional woman's tennis player. During her career she has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 14 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. Billie Jean's personal…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1994 Sports Illustrated magazine placed Billie No. 5 on it's Top 40 Athletes list. She was the top ranked woman on the list of only four.

    • Billie received a Philippe Chatrier Award on June 3, 2003, from the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

    • In 1971, Billie had an abortion. In an interview with 60 Minutes she said that she and her then-husband, Lawrence King, were not ready to have children at that time, because both were busy with their careers and could not devote time to children.

    • In 1972, Billie became the first tennis player, male or female, to be named Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of The Year".

    • In 1971 Billie became the first woman athlete to earn over $100,000 in prize money.

    • Billie's star sign is Scorpio.

    • Billie's father was a firefighter.

    • Billie has won a total of 101 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles titles.

    • Billie has won a total of 67 Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles titles.

    • Billie turned a professional tennis player in 1968 and retired in 1983 after a 15-year career.

    • Billie's brother, Randy Moffitt, was a baseball player who pitched for eleven years for the San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays.

    • Billie holds a record of 20 Wimbledon titles combined in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

    • In November 1988 Billie published the book "We Have Come A Long Way" about womens rights.

    • Billie is one of only eight female tennis players to hold a singles title in each of the four Grand Slam tournaments, along with Margaret Smith Court, Maureen Connolly, Shirley Fry, Steffi Graf, Doris Hart, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova.

    • Billie has been runner-up in 6 Grand Slams. In 1963 she lost to Margaret Smith Court in the Wimbledon final. She lost to her again in the final of the U.S Open in 1965, the Australian Open in 1969, and again at Wimbledon in 1970. In 1968 Virginia Wade beat her in the final at the U.S Open 6/4 6/2. She lost against Ann Hayden Jones in the final of Wimbledon in 1969.

    • Billie founded Womensports magazine in 1974.

    • Billie is ranked No.6 on Racquet magazine's "Most Powerful People in Tennis" list.

    • On September 20, 1973 Billie won the battle-of-the-sexes, which was a tennis match against Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome in Houston. It had a television audience of 90 million.

    • In 1996 and in 2000 Billie was the US Olympic tennis team captain.

    • In 1973 Billie founded the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) which is governing body for professional women's tennis.

    • Billie's win-loss record in doubles is 87-37.

    • Billie's total win-loss record in singles is 695-155.

    • Billie married Lawrence King in 1965 and divorced him in 1987.

    • In 1990 ,Life magazine named Billie as one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century".

    • In a poll by the readers of Seventeen magazine in 1975 Billie was named as the worlds second most admired woman behind Israel's first woman Prime Minister, Golda Meir.

    • Billie was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 18, 1987.

    • Billie has won 12 Grand Slams. She has won Wimbledon 6 times (1966,1967,1968,1972,1973,1975), the U.S Open 4 times (1967,1971,1972,1974), the Australian Open once in 1968 and the French Open once in 1972.

    • Billie's friends call her "Jillie Bean".

  • Quotes

    • Billie: No matter how tough, no matter what kind of outside pressure, no matter how many bad breaks along the way, I must keep my sights on the final goal, to win, win, win -- and with more love and passion than the world has ever witnessed in any performance.

    • Billie: Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.

    • Billie: Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.

    • Billie: I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.

    • Billie: (On the Battle of the Sexes against Bobby Riggs) I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn't win that match. It would ruin the women's tour and affect all women's self esteem.

    • Billie: (on tennis) I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life.

    • Billie: It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side . . . any female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional.

    • Billie: The trouble with being number one in the world - in anything - is that it takes a certain mentality to attain that position, and that is something of a driving, perfectionist attitude, so that once you do achieve number one, you don't relax and enjoy.

    • Billie: Winning is very tangible, it's very exciting, it's very pleasing, but it's momentary. If you can do things that last, that each generation can build upon, then that's when you're cooking.

    • Billie: I . . . like being successful. I somehow always knew that I would succeed. I had a great sense of destiny from the time I was very young.