Originally Posted by Rollo
Glad to hear you are better TV-there are few things worse than food poisoning.
This is one match I have yet to see. All I recall is a party and lots of bets-with men doing chores for the next week after LOL.
No doubt it put a bang in the tennis boom of the 1970s in the US. From 1973 to 1981 tennis grabbed more headlines day to day than it has before or since.
And a lot of the credit for that goes to Madame Superstar, as Tinling coined BJK. She had the combination of personality and talent to send a jolt of electricity through the sport.
Is the crowd for the Astrodome match still the biggest in tennis history? Hard to believe 30,000 came out that night.
We will celebrate 1973 big time next year. It was a year when so many favs were active-Billie Jean, Court, Evert, Goolagong, and of course the debut of Martina Navratilova.
The book "A Long Way Baby" is a perrenial favorite of mine as it covers the women's tour that year. Though more or less favorable to King, the book was so candid Billie Jean got Grace Liectenstein banned from access to the Slims tour.
2 other books cover the Riggs match:
A Necessary Spectacle (2006) by Selena Roberts.
Game, Set, and Match, Billie jean King and the Revolution in Women;s Sports, by Susan Ware (2011)
It's not the greatest match ... junk baller gets out-junked and is too knackered to make a real match of it. BUT it was the headline match of history perhaps (Lenglen v Wills back in the day).
1973 was perhaps the most exciting year for me with so many great names competing ... Court, King, Evert, Goolagong, Wade, Durr, Richey, Stove, Reid etc. What a year of superstars!
Yes I love "A Long Way Baby". I must get it out and have another read.