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Billie Jean King

U.S. Federation Cup Captain
U.S. Olympic Coach

Date of Birth: Nov. 22, 1943
Birthplace: Long Beach, Calif.
Residence: Chicago
Years as U.S. Fed Cup Captain: 1965, 1976, 1995, 1996


  • Represented the United States in the inaugural Federation Cup in 1963, winning all of her singles and doubles matches for a combined 6-0 record.
  • Played on nine U.S. Fed Cup teams, including the first five (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979).
  • Became the first of four U.S. Fed Cup playing captains in 1965. In 1976, she became the first playing captain to lead the United States to the Federation Cup championship.
  • Ranks fourth on the Fed Cup all-time victory list with a 52-4 career record (25-4 in singles; 27-0 in doubles).
  • Won 71 career singles titles, including 12 in Grand Slam tournaments. Her last title was the Edgbaston Cup, which she won in Birmingham, England, in 1983 at the age of 39 years, 6 months, making her the oldest woman to win a women's tour singles event.
  • Won a record 20 Wimbledon titles (6 singles, 10 doubles, 4 mixed doubles). Her last title was women's doubles with Martina Navratilova in 1979.
  • Became the fifth woman in tennis history to win singles titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments when she won the French Open in 1971. (Maureen Connolly, Doris Hart, Shirley Fry and Margaret Court preceded her. Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf have done it since.)
  • Became the first woman in any sport to earn more than $100,000 in a single season when she earned $117,000 in 1971.
  • Ranked No. 1 in the world five times 1966-72; ranked in the top 10 for 17 years beginning in 1960.
  • Defeated Bobby Riggs, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, in a Battle of the Sexes match that gained worldwide attention, on Sept. 20, 1973, at the Houston Astrodome.
  • Inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • Founded the Women's Tennis Association in 1973.
  • Founded the Women's Sports Foundation in 1974.
  • Became the first woman to coach a co-ed professional sports team--the Philadelphia Freedom in 1974.
  • Founded World Team Tennis in 1981 and has served as its commissioner since 1984.
  • Ranked No. 5 on the Sports Illustrated top 40 Athletes list. She was the highest ranked of the four women on the list appearing in the magazine's 40th anniversary issue.
  • Named one of Life magazine's 100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century.
  • Awarded the March of Dimes' Lifetime Achievement Award in April 1994.
  • Has worked as a tennis analyst for HBO, NBC, CBS, ABC and CTV.

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