Billie Jean King

Former World #1 Tennis Player Who Was Awarded The Presidential Medal Of Freedom By Barack Obama

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When she is booked for events, Billie Jean King is known to discuss the following topics.

1973 Battle of the Sexes – Widely regarded to be one of the most importance sporting moments in modern history, the 1973 Battle of Sexes set feminism on a trajectory to mainstream prominence. Formerly undermined in the sporting world, Billie’s victory proved that female players were just as capable as their male counterparts – if not better.

Inclusion in Sport – Billie’s first experience with gender inequality was at the age of 12, when she wasn’t allowed to wear tennis shorts like the boys did. This was only the beginning, with Billie later being underpaid, undermined, and underappreciated in the sport. Since then, she has used her fame and influence to rewrite the rulebook for future female tennis players, and promote the importance of inclusion not just in sport, but in life too.

Overcoming Adversity – Whether she was faced with homophobia or sexism, Billie used the criticism to fuel her advocacy, and overcome adversity. When booked for events, she uses the experiences that have defined her to inspire audiences, teaching them the techniques she used to push past challenges in life. Whether in the streets or the boardroom, Billie’s invaluable insight arms audiences with a toolbox for overcoming adversity.

Equal Pay, Equal Work – Equal pay has played a large role in Billie’s life, with many of her advocacy campaigns centering around the imbalance in prize money for male and female tennis championships. She used her influence to lobby for equal prize money in the US Open, and even found a sponsor to make it happen. Billie promotes the importance of equal pay at events.

  • 2021 - Awarded the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award 
  • 2020 - Became the first woman to have a major sporting event named after them when the Fed Cup was renamed the Billie Jean King Cup
  • 2018 - Received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Life Time Achievement Award
  • 2014 - Founded the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative 
  • 2009 - Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama
  • 2008 - Named Global Mentor for Gender Equality for UNESCO
  • 2008 - Published Authored Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I’ve Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes
  • 2006 - The USTA National Tennis Centre was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre 
  • 2003 - The International Tennis Federation awarded her the Philippe Chatrier Award
  • 1999 - Received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award
  • 1987 - Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame
  • 1984 - Became the first female commissioner in professional sports history 
  • 1974 - Started the Women's Sport Foundation 
  • 1974 - Co-founded the World TeamTennis co-ed circuit
  • 1973 - Successfully lobbied for equal pay for men and women at the U.S. Open 
  • 1973 - Won 'The Battle of the Sexes' against Bobby Riggs, which was watched by over 90 million people
  • 1973 - Founded the Women's Tennis Association 
  • 1972 - Won the U.S Open, Wimbledon and the French Open
  • 1972 - Became the first woman to be named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year
  • 1971 - Became the first woman to earn over $100,000 in prize money
  • 1968 - Won Wimbledon and the Australian Open 
  • 1967 - Named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year
  • 1967 - Won the U.S.Open and Wimbledon 
  • 1966 - Became the number 1 ranked woman in the world 
  • 1966 - Won her first major singles championship at Wimbledon 
  • 1961 - Alongside Karen Hantze Susman as they became the youngest pair to win the Wimbledon women's doubles title
  • Won 20 Wimbledon titles, 13 U.S. Open titles, four French Open titles and two Australian Open titles