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cunnihingis
Apr 17th, 2003, 07:40 AM
i wonder if they'll commemorate the match during the us open. i was a teenager in 1973 and i remember thinking that bobby riggs was so foul. i did realise at the time that it was essentially an exhibition and that billie jean would win because she was far and away a better player than riggs.

Mark43
Apr 17th, 2003, 03:52 PM
Yes I hope the media gives the 30th anniversary a lot of coverage. Maybe ESPN Classics can broadcast it (or the mysterious Tennis Channel). I have never seen more than a few points played from it.

Sam L
Apr 22nd, 2003, 02:03 AM
Has Bobby Riggs passed away? I think he has? I was going to suggest they should have a rematch, my bad :o

fan22
May 14th, 2003, 02:50 AM
As I am only 31 years old, I obviously didn't see the match, but growing up in Houston, it was talked about a lot as a watershed moment in women's sports (along woth Title IX being passed).

I seem to remember hearing that the "rules of the game" were rigged in King's favor and want to know what the truth is.

Did Riggs only get 1 serve (while King got the customary 2)?

Was King allowed to hit into the doubles lines without while Riggs had to hit into the standard Singles lines?

Can anyone connect me with a link to an article about the match and definitively answers these questions?

Thanks.

fan22
May 30th, 2003, 11:17 PM
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Rollo
May 31st, 2003, 04:11 AM
Fan 22, I'll try and post a rehash of the match some time. It was a straight up match with no "extras" as in the Navratilova-Connors match. King's big advantage was Bobbie's age, he was in his 50s.

The most entertaining account of the match IMO comes from a splendid book called "A Long Way Baby" by Grace Lichtenstein. The book covers women's tennis in 1973 and has King-Riggs as it's climax.

fan22
Jun 2nd, 2003, 08:01 PM
Fan 22, I'll try and post a rehash of the match some time. It was a straight up match with no "extras" as in the Navratilova-Connors match. King's big advantage was Bobbie's age, he was in his 50s.

The most entertaining account of the match IMO comes from a splendid book called "A Long Way Baby" by Grace Lichtenstein. The book covers women's tennis in 1973 and has King-Riggs as it's climax.


Thanks for the clarification....look forward to your rehash sometime in the future...thx
f22

cunnihingis
Jun 20th, 2003, 09:56 PM
As I am only 31 years old, I obviously didn't see the match, but growing up in Houston, it was talked about a lot as a watershed moment in women's sports (along woth Title IX being passed).

I seem to remember hearing that the "rules of the game" were rigged in King's favor and want to know what the truth is.

Did Riggs only get 1 serve (while King got the customary 2)?

Was King allowed to hit into the doubles lines without while Riggs had to hit into the standard Singles lines?

Can anyone connect me with a link to an article about the match and definitively answers these questions?

Thanks.

riggs definitely got 1 serve but i don't remember if king got 1 or 2. sorry.

Rollo
Jun 23rd, 2003, 02:17 PM
Nice thread Cunnihingis:)

Here's the Kingster as she entered the Astro Arena to whoop ole Bobby boys ass-or as BJK would say-"Time to kick his bahoolas!".

http://www.bu.edu/bridge/archive/2001/05-11/photos/billieking.jpg


Riggs was carried in by a bunch of sexy girls and King followed with bare chested guys hauling her in. The whole evening had a Roman forum feel to it. Nothing beat the cheesy 70s for tacky fun :cool:

tennisvideos
Aug 27th, 2013, 01:52 PM
A controversial article about the King v Riggs clash and the mafia involvement. I would love to know the truth ...

http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/9589625/the-match-maker

Rollo
Sep 20th, 2013, 04:51 PM
Great read Tennis Videos! After seeing the recent PBS special on King it made me want to relive the whole hoopla around it.

It's frankly incredible that a full 40 years after this event it is STILL the largest audience ever to watch a tennis match in person.

Loved Evert's quote:

"Ninety-nine percent of me would say [King] beat him fair and square," Evert says. "But if you know Bobby Riggs, you can't put anything past him."

That sort of matches what Pauline Betz said about Riggs. She told Alfa and I that Bobby and his pal Wayne Sabin would bet on anything at the drop of a hat.

Still, I think King won it fair and square. If Bobby wanted to lose on purpose wouldn't he have won a set or tow to drive up the odds even more while the match was in progress? A close match would have also gotten more money for a rematch IMO.