IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- JULY 6, 1968– BILLIE JEAN KING WINS LADIES WIMBLEDON SINGLES TITLE

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It was fifty years ago today- July 6, 1968- Billie Jean King beat Judy Tegart 9-7, 7-5 to win the Ladies Wimbledon Singles Championship. It was the third time King would win the Wimbledon title- she would in the end have six Wimbledon singles championships and a dozen Grand Slam titles.

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6 responses to “IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- JULY 6, 1968– BILLIE JEAN KING WINS LADIES WIMBLEDON SINGLES TITLE

  1. Did you see the film “Battle of the Sexes” with Emma Stone and Steve Carrell? It’s about a tennis match in 1973 between Bill Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Heavily criticized, but I thought it was interesting.

    • I thought it was an interesting movie- did you see the actual match when it happened? It was so built up but early on in the match it became evidence Bobby Riggs had pulled a fast one on everyone – no way was he capable at 55 of winning.

    • As I remember it- yes it was a big show- Bobby really sold this. .. there was so much hype. I was only 12 but it seemed at the time also that the general feeling was the Riggs would wipe her off the court. I think he knew all along that he had no hope.. The early 1970’s was full of this kind of hustle- Evel Knievel and his jump over the Snake River Canyon another example. Riggs was a showman!

    • Bobby Riggs was the ultimate hustler- I think the Riggs- King match was the first tennis I remember watching and it was because of all the hype he drew to it.. I remember that Odd Couple appearance now too!

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