Whores on Tour----the 1972 Virginia Slims of Denver
Title get your attention? This 13 minute piece from the BBC runs the gamut when it comes to themes and characters. Not only do we see Billie jean King, who dominated the tour in 1972; but others such as Nancy Richey, Francoise Durr, Ann (and Pip!) Jones, Julie Heldman, and even minor characters such as Jill Cooper.
And yes, someone does actually talk about "whores on tour"!
It remains my all time favorite clip and is an eye opener on what it was like when pro women's tennis was born.
LMAO at the anger at the ostensibly outright whores under the pre-WTA system allegedly trading sexual favors for tournament entries and/or "enhanced" prize money, but nary an eye is bat at "lodging" with millionaires who can provide access to practice facilities or other advantageous resources and being at least psychologically pawed over at sponsor cocktail parties. I guess at that stage the women still couldn't say, "Look, the agreement is that we can deliver so many eyeballs --and, to wit, the correct eyeballs-- to view your advertisement for your product/service and you give us some money in return. You don't get a private screening of nubile young women along with it."
I am reminded of BJK's comments in 1989: "We just did a better job of marketing, that's all. Women's sports aren't going to make it on their own in my lifetime. But we have a lot to learn about the business of running sports." She still didn't believe that women's sports could make it on their own merit, probably she still doesn't. She deserves a share of the credit for getting it started, but I wish she would realize that, if the WTA is and has been a den of dysfunction, she deserves a share of the blame for that, too.