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Billie Jean has done so much for tennis and I idolize her! She is my all time favorite! I am hoping that she has some other fans here!
 

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Hi Barrie

I adore BJK as well. I have dealt with her over recent years and she has always been wonderful and has sent me a few classic gifts (including one of her original Teddy Tinling outfits and a wooden racket) in appreciation for videos I have provided her from her past matches.

Anyway, I have some great pics of her that I will try to post soon, trouble is most of my photos exceed the file size allowed on this site. Does anyone know how to reduce the file size of photos?

Funny, I used to dislike her back in the 70s when she was playing, but when she made a few comebacks and did so well at Wimbledon in 82 and 83 it really made me look at her in a different light. Since then, I have idolised her and love watching re-runs of her matches in the 60s and 70s on video. You just know she was giving it her all, and more.

Long live Billie-Jean!
 

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Funny how views change isn't it Tennisvideos? By the time I found tennis King was past her prime, so I always cheered for her. Her upset of Tracy Austin at Wimbledon in 1982 was a feast of contrasts in age and playing style, the type we don't see today. Then she went on and almost beat Chris Evert in the semis!

My all-time LOL quote about Billie Jean comes from Pam Shriver's 'Passing Shots".
What a competitor. What an inspiration. What a bitch
Love her or hate her-King has been the most influential tennis personality EVER :)
 

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Hi Rollo

LMAO at Austin's quote - what a classic.

Yes, it is interesting how time can change one's perception of a player. I guess it also helps if they have been through adversity or are on the comeback trail..

Anyone who can play competitively as King did in her late 30s deserves kudos. And yes, that King v Austin QF was a classic of the highest order, and as you mentioned, Kind almost stole the SF against Evert. She just lost the first set TB before rolling Evert in the 2nd set. Another wonderful match.
 

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Billie Jean is something else all together! She was the one that hooked me on tennis back in 73 when she had the match with Bobby Riggs!
 

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Just popping in to say I just watched her 74 Forest Hils final vs Goolagong.
What tennis!
God bless her.
What a donkey I am to bandwagon the silly trend to put these real pioneers and heroes in out back garden!
 

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The Court/King frosty relationship is well known, and it is well known that Marg disapproved of Kings Women's Lib thing. King had the last word in this I feel saying 'Court is Women's Lib in action. She is earning the money whilst Barry is minding the kids'!!!
 

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Rollo said:
Funny how views change isn't it Tennisvideos? By the time I found tennis King was past her prime, so I always cheered for her. Her upset of Tracy Austin at Wimbledon in 1982 was a feast of contrasts in age and palying style, the type we don't see today. Then she went on and almost beat Chris Evert in the semis!

My all-time LOL quote about Billie Jean comes from Pam Shriver's 'Passing Shots".


Love her or hate her-King has been the most influential tennis personality EVER :)
She has done sooo much for Womens tennis/tennis in general. She definately gets a CHEER FROM US!:worship:
 

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I truly feel that Billie Jean King would have probably been the best of all time if she hadn't spent sooooo much time trying to get the tour started. She has said many times that she was tired going to meetings and then showing up for a final with no practice or rest. Her persona was so strong that many players feared her. Margaret, Chris, Martina, Virginia Wade and a host of other players all said that she was the most aggressive player they had played against. Her mental state was strong on the court and Rosie Casals said when she was quiet on the court, WATCH OUT. Margaret used to beat Billie jean routinely; however, from 1966 to 1973, their h2h record was 12 to 8 in Billie Jeans favor. It's a shame that they didn't play each other more often during that time. Margaret won more titles, but I would put my money on Billie Jean in a crucial moment in a match. Billie only entered the Australian open 3 times during her prime and the French Open 5 times during her prime. She has stated that the U.S. Federation prohibited her from playing the French Open because they wanted her to play their grass court tournaments.
 

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Richmond 1970

BJK has said that one of her most satisfying moments was when she won her first Virginia Slims tournament at Richmond in Autumn 1970.
Does anyone have details of that tournament? Also I'd love to know where/when/against whom she won her amateur titles in the 1960s


63 Irish Champs. King def ? score: unknown
66 US Indoors (Longwood) King unknown unknown 292
660300 660000 Johannesburg RSA South African Open King Smith-Court 63 62 257
660620 660700 Wimbledon UK WIMBLEDON King Bueno 63 36 61 305
660900 660900 unknown USA US Hardcourts King unknown unknown 291
670200 670000 Winchester MA US Indoors King unknown unknown 292
670300 670000 Johannesburg RSA South African Open King Bueno 75 57 62 257
670620 670700 Wimbledon UK WIMBLEDON King Haydon 63 64 305
670820 670900 New York NY US OPEN King Haydon 119 64 293
671000 671000 Buenos Aires ARG Argentine Open King Casals 63 36 62 13
671127 671203 Melbourne AUS Victorian Open King Turner 63 36 75 296
680101 680107 Perth AUS Western Australian Open King Smith-Court 61 64 303
680108 680114 Hobart AUS Tasmanian Open King Tegart 62 64 278
680119 680129 Melbourne AUS AUSTRALIAN OPEN King Smith-Court 61 62 26
680214 680217 Winchester MA US Indoors King Casals 63 97 292
680400 680400 Miami FL Miami Tournament King unknown unknown 161
680620 680700 Wimbledon UK WIMBLEDON King Tegart 97 75 305
690401 690412 Johannesburg RSA South African Open King Richey 63 64 257
690414 690420 Durban RSA Natal Open King van Zyl 64 61 179
690707 690712 Dublin IRL Irish Open King Wade 62 62 122
690900 690900 Los Angeles CA Pacific SW King Haydon 62 63 207
691000 690900 Los Angeles CA Los Angeles Classic King Haydon 1715 63 144
691000 691000 Oakland CA Oakland Tournament King unknown unknown 196
691115 691100 Stockholm SWE Scandinavian Indoors King Heldman 97 62 242
 

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BJK said one of her most satistying moments in tennis was winning her first VS tournament in Richmond in the autumn of 1970. Does anyone have any details about this? Also, I'd love to know where/when she won her amateur titles.
Here's what I have so far (not much):
1963
Irish Champs. def ? score ?
1966
US Indoors (Longwood) def ? score ?
South African Champs. def Smith-Court 63 62
WIMBLEDON def Bueno 63 36 61
US Hardcourts def. ? score ?
1967
US Indoors def ? score ?
South African Champs. def Bueno 75 57 62
WIMBLEDON def. Haydon-Jones 63 64
US Champs def Haydon-Jones 119 64
Argentine Champs def Casals 63 36 62
Victorian Champs def Turner 63 36 75
1968
Western Australian Champs def. Smith-Court 61 64
Tasmanian Champs def. Tegart 62 64
AUSTRALIAN Champs def Smith-Court 61 62
US Indoors def Casals 63 97
Miami Tournament def. ? score ?
WIMBLEDON def Tegart 97 75
1969
South African Champs def Richey 63 64
Natal Champs def van Zyl 64 61
Irish Champs def Wade 62 62
Pacific SW def Haydon-Jones 62 63
Los Angeles Classic def Haydon-Jones 1715 63
Oakland Tournament def ? score ?
Stockholm Indoors def. Heldman 97 62
1970
Oakland Tournament def Haydon-Jones score ?
Sydney Dunlop/NSW Champs def Smith-Court 62 46 63
Natal Open def. Smith-Court 64 26 62
Italian Open def Heldman 61 63
Richmond def ? score ?
British Indoor (Wembley) def Haydon-Jones 86 36 61
 

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Andy T said:
BJK said one of her most satistying moments in tennis was winning her first VS tournament in Richmond in the autumn of 1970. Does anyone have any details about this?
I'll look through my old World Tennis magazines- it seems to me I read something on that recently- I'm always reading and re-reading the old magazines. It's so much more interesting than today's fluff. World Tennis was great!
 

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Hi alfajeffster, Thanks/merci/grazie/danke/tak/gracias, etc, etc!
I'd be really grateful for any and all info. :D
 
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