Calling all Billie Jean King experts
Hey guys. I just saw the ESPN documentary on BJK the other day. I've seen less than 10 matches involving her but I have done a lot of reading about her. I knew that she had injuries that kept her off the tour now and then, especially her knee, but I didn't realize that she had actually retired once or twice in the mid and late 70's.
I would imagine that BJK made a lot of money for a tennis player during that time but of course it's nothing next to what players haul in these days. But she kept making comebacks.....possibly to break the Wimbledon record which happened in 1979. I have wondered if she had not come back after 79, maybe the Marilyn Barnett episode wouldn't have happened.
I know in the documentary that her ex-husband Larry said that she had lost a lot of money in endorsements (which dwarf prize winnings) after Marilyn's suit. It also hinted that she played into 1983 because of money. If that's so, that's really sad for BJK. I'm sure she's fine now, but a champion always deserves to leave on her own terms.
I remember coming back from a family vacation in the summer of 1992. I was in the back seat and we were listening to the radio. During a newsbreak, we had heard that BJK had upset Tracy Austin and the guy was talking about how astonishing that win was. For those of you that can remember, can you please share your thoughts and remembrances of that match and the subsequent 3 setter against Evert in the semis?