Re: Martina and her Dunlop weirdness
This was just a few weeks after BJK's Marilyn admission that she was 'bi at best' in 1972 and I was thrilled to finally see her in person. BJK was the only name player on either team, can you say Sharon Walsh, Ann Kiyomura, Larry Stefanki and Ray Ruffles? The trip to SF/Oakland was my middle school graduation present and I insisted that we get to the Oakland Coliseum very early so I could get everyone's autograph before the match began. And, by 'everyone' I really only wanted BJK's. My Dad went up to the very top of the arena to take some photos, hide and fall asleep (he had no interest but was an angel in taking me to so many matches in the 70/80s) while I stalked the courtside. Finally BJK came out and began her practice. When it appeared she was done and headed to her chair I very meekly asked 'Billie Jean, can I please get your autograph?' She looked up, scowled and then screamed, 'NO! NOT while I am practicing!' My Dad was still up in the nosebleeds a mile away in the empty arena and her words just reverberated and echoed for what seemed like minutes. When we met up a while later he said, 'wow, she's a real bitch' and we both proceeded to root against her and the Oakland Breakers for the duration of the match. Honestly I cannot recall if she won, but I imagine she did. Good times!