Originally Posted by Josus57
First off BFTP is my favorite of this forum. I believe that 98% of what I posted is here on BFTP.
Moving on to what was the original topic.
I saw the match on TV, and was thrilled that Billie Jean won. She is not one of my personal favorites, but Ms. King is one person who I have the utmost respect and admiration for. She IMO - Put TENNIS on the map. No, (before anyone says so) I did not mean to say "Women's Tennis" I mean TENNIS! I'll probably get some replies back about that, but that is how I feel.
Well I never saw the Battle live, but there has probably been no other event that put tennis on the map like this did. I mean the famous WCT Finals between Rosewall and Laver did incredible things for tennis but I don't think they can rate compared to what Billie-Jean King did ... and esp womens tennis.
I was never a fan of BJK back in the 70s BUT she left me with so many incredible memories from my childhood of watching her competing like it was to the death in a number of Wimbledon Finals. And I was blessed to meet her in the early 80s in Australia and she was an absolute joy and we have been in touch a lot since with trading footage etc.
By the late 70s, I actually did become a big King fan and was especially rooting for her in the famous WImbledon comebacks in the early 80s. It was inspirational stuff.
And yes, hard to believe almost 40 years have flown by since that date Alfa! I have been watching tennis since 1971 - it's hard to believe! Thank God for Video and DVD so I can relive so many memories (when I get time) LOL.
As an aside - I think this is my first stop by here in a long time. But I love dropping by. I am just recovering from 4 horrendous days of food poisoning ... but thankfully am finally feeling better. I hope all of you here are doing well and in good health. It's the most important thing IMO.