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date: 27 November 2022

King, Billie Jean free

King, Billie Jean free

Born 22 Nov. 1943; d of Willard J. Moffitt; m 1965, Larry King (marr. diss.)

professional tennis player, 1968–83; Chief Executive Officer, Team Tennis, 1981–91; Founder, WTT Charities Inc., 1987


Los Cerritos Sch.; Long Beach High Sch.; Los Angeles State Coll.


Played first tennis match at age of eleven; won first championship, Southern California, 1958; coached by Clyde Walker, Alice Marble, Frank Brennan and Mervyn Rose; won first All England Championship, 1966, and five times subseq., and in 1979 achieved record of 20 Wimbledon titles (six Singles, ten Doubles, four Mixed Doubles); has won all other major titles inc. US Singles and Doubles Championships on all four surfaces, and 24 US national titles in all. Pres., Women’s Tennis Assoc., 1980–81. Presidential Medal of Freedom (USA), 2009; Lifetime Achievement Award, BBC, 2018


Tennis to Win, 1970; Billie Jean, 1974; (with Joe Hyams) Secrets of Winning Tennis, 1975; Tennis Love (illus. Charles Schulz), 1978; (with Frank Deford) Billie Jean King, 1982; (with Cynthia Starr) We Have Come a Long Way: the story of women’s tennis, 1989; (with Christine Brennan) Pressure is a Privilege, 2008; All In: an autobiography, 2021


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