NEW YORK, NY, USA - The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum will be displaying a special exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of The Battle of the Sexes on-site at the US Open.
WTA founder Billie Jean King defeated six-time Grand Slam champion Bobby Riggs, 64 63 63, on September 20, 1973 in the historic tennis match at the Houston Astrodome that caught the attention of the world and is still the most-attended tennis match in US history.
The exhibition will feature a rare collection of match artifacts, like the adidas tennis shoes worn by King and her custom-designed tennis dress created by Ted Tinling. There will also be dynamic photos, interactive touch-screen kiosks and a thoughtful narrative.
"The Battle of the Sexes was one of those exceptional events in sports history that had a tremendous impact on both the sports world and society overall," said Doug Stark, museum director at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. "The women's liberation movement was gaining public awareness in the United States, and through this match, sports helped transition it to mainstream society. Forty Years Later: The Battle of the Sexes examines women's tennis history, the state of the game going into the match, the Hall of Fame careers of Riggs and King, and the effects of the match on tennis and women's sports today. We look forward to offering visitors to the US Open an opportunity to learn more about the historic match and to reflect on its impact as we commemorate the 40th anniversary."
The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is located in Newport, Rhode Island, and highlights the history of tennis from its origins through present-day.
Call 401-849-3999 or visit tennisfame.com for more information about the exhibit.