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Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King
  • Residence: New York, New York, USA
  • Date of Birth: 22 Nov 1943
  • Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
  • Height: 5' 4 1/2" (1.64 m)
  • Weight: 134 lbs. (60.7 kg)
  • Plays: Right-handed (one-handed backhand)
  • Status: Pro (1968)/Retired (1983)

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Billie Jean King Biography

Maiden name is Moffitt ... At age 11, when she bought her first tennis racquet with money saved from odd jobs and was taking free lessons near her home in Long Beach, California, told mom Betty, "I am going to be No.1 in the world" ... Attended Los Angeles State University for three years ... In September 1970 was one of nine players who broke away from the tennis establishment and accepted $1 contracts from promoter Gladys Heldman in Houston; revolt led to the birth of women's professional tennis with the formation of the Virginia Slims Tour and the creation of the Women's Tennis Association, which King spearheaded in 1973 ... Also founded the Women's Sports Foundation in 1974 to increase opportunities for female participation in sports; continues to serve on organization's board ... Co-founder of groundbreaking co-ed professional tennis league WorldTeamTennis in 1974 ... Is involved in a variety of enterprises including publishing, promoting tournaments and tennis exhibitions and has doe extensive tennis commentary for television ... Interests include ballet, old and new movies ... Father, Bill, was an engineer in the Long Beach Fire Dept.; younger brother, Randy Moffitt, was a Major League Baseball pitcher for 13 years ... Wrote book titled We Have Come A Long Way, published in November 1988.
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Stats

YTD Career
WTA Singles Titles - 67
WTA Doubles Titles - 101
ITF Women's Circuit Singles Titles - 0
ITF Women's Circuit Doubles Titles - 0
Prize Money $0 $1,966,487
W/L - Singles - - - 695 - 155
W/L - Doubles - - - 87 - 37
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Results

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Rankings

Singles Road to Singapore Doubles
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Career-high Singles Career-high Doubles
26-Sep-1983 (8)
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- Ranked No.1 in the world five times between 1966 and 1974 and was in Top 10 a total of 17 years (beginning in 1960); ranked No.1 on US doubles list for a record 12 years, eight with Rosie Casals.
- Owns 39 total Grand Slam titles (12 singles, 16 doubles, 11 mixed), third on the all-time list.
- Enjoyed greatest success at Wimbledon, where she holds a record 20 titles combined in singles (six), doubles (10) and mixed doubles (four).
- Won the singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at 1973 Wimbledon, one of three players to accomplish a Grand Slam Triple Crown in the Open Era (Court and Navratilova are the others).
- Is one of just nine players in history to hold a singles title in each of the four Grand Slam tournaments, along with Court, Connolly, Fry, Graf, Hart, Evert, Navratilova and S.Williams.
- Only woman to win the US singles title on four surfaces (grass, clay, carpet, hardcourts).
- Oldest player to win professional Tour title by winning 1983 Birmingham at 39 years, 7 months, 23 days.
- Unbeaten in 27 Fed Cup doubles matches and third in total wins (with 52); Captain of US Fed Cup team in 1995-96 and 1998-2001.
- US Olympic women's tennis team captain in 1996 and 2000.
SINGLES
Winner (67): 1968 - Wimbledon; 1969 - Pacific Southwest, South African Open, Natal, Dublin, Stockholm; 1970 - Rome, Sydney, Durban, London Indoors, VS Richmond; 1971 - US Open, San Francisco, Long Beach, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Chattanooga, US Indoors-Detroit, Boston, San Diego, Hamburg [German Open], Hoylake, Kitzbuhel, Houston, US Clay Courts, Louisville, Phoenix, London Indoors; 1972 - Roland Garros, US Open, Wimbledon, Phoenix, Richmond, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Tucson, Charlotte, Bristol; 1973 - Wimbledon, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Denver, Nottingham, VS Hawaii, Tokyo [Toray]; 1974 - US Open, San Francisco, Washington DC, Detroit, Akron, US Indoors-New York; 1975 - Wimbledon, Sarasota; 1977 - Lionel San Antonio, Phoenix, San Paulo, San Juan, Japan Invitational, London Indoors; 1979 - Tokyo Sillook, Stockholm; 1980 - Detroit, Houston, Tokyo Sillook; 1982 - Birmingham; 1983 - Birmingham.

DOUBLES
Winner (101 Open Era): 1980 - US Open (w/Navratilova); 1979 - Wimbledon (w/Navratilova); 1978 - US Open (w/Navratilova); 1974 - US Open (w/Casals), Virginia Slims Championships (w/Casals); 1973 - Wimbledon (w/Casals); 1972 - Roland Garros (w/Stove), Wimbledon (w/Stove); 1971 - Wimbledon (w/Casals); 1970 - Wimbledon (w/Casals), Rome (w/Casals), Queen's Club (w/Casals); 1968 - Wimbledon (w/Casals), Winchester (w/Casals).

MIXED DOUBLES Winner (7 Open Era): 1976 - US Open (w/Dent); 1974 - Wimbledon (w/Davidson); 1973 - Wimbledon (w/Davidson), US Open (w/Davidson); 1971 - Wimbledon (w/Davidson), US Open (w/Davidson); 1970 - Roland Garros (w/Hewitt).

ADDITIONAL
United States Fed Cup Team 1963-67, 76-79. United States Wightman Cup Team 1961-67, 70, 77-78.

Overall Stats

YTD Career
WTA Singles Titles - 67
WTA Doubles Titles - 101
ITF Women's Circuit Singles Titles - 0
ITF Women's Circuit Doubles Titles - 0
Prize Money $0 $1,966,487
W/L - Singles - - - 695 - 155
W/L - Doubles - - - 87 - 37

Grand Slam History

Singles

W/L   1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976
5 / 3 AUSTRALIAN OPEN 3r QF - - - - - -
7 / 2 FRENCH OPEN - 3r - - - - - -
53 / 11 WIMBLEDON SF SF - - - - - -
30 / 6 US OPEN - 1r - - - - - -
W/L   1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969
5 / 3 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - - - - - - F
7 / 2 FRENCH OPEN - - - - - - -
53 / 11 WIMBLEDON - - - - - - -
30 / 6 US OPEN - - - - - - -
W/L   1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963 1962
5 / 3 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - - - - - - -
7 / 2 FRENCH OPEN - - - - - - -
53 / 11 WIMBLEDON W - - - - - -
30 / 6 US OPEN - - - - - - -

Doubles

W/L   1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977
6 / 3 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - SF SF - - - - -
1 / 1 FRENCH OPEN - - - - - - - -
11 / 3 WIMBLEDON - 3r 2r - - - - -
12 / 6 US OPEN QF SF 3r - - - - -
W/L   1976 1975 1974 1973 1972 1971 1970
6 / 3 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - - - - - - -
1 / 1 FRENCH OPEN - - - - - - -
11 / 3 WIMBLEDON - - - - - - -
12 / 6 US OPEN - - - - - - -
W/L   1969 1968 1967 1966 1965 1964 1963
6 / 3 AUSTRALIAN OPEN F - - - - - -
1 / 1 FRENCH OPEN - - - - - - -
11 / 3 WIMBLEDON - W - - - - -
12 / 6 US OPEN - - - - - - -
W/L   1962 1961 1960 1959 1958 1957 1956
6 / 3 AUSTRALIAN OPEN - - - - - - -
1 / 1 FRENCH OPEN - - - - - - -
11 / 3 WIMBLEDON - - - - - - -
12 / 6 US OPEN - - - - - - -

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Billie Jean King Results

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Current WTA Rankings

Singles Road to Singapore Doubles
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Rankings Breakdown

Grand Slams

Date Tournament Round Points
28/11/1983 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 0
20/06/1983 WIMBLEDON S 0
29/11/1982 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Q 0
30/08/1982 US OPEN R128 0
21/06/1982 WIMBLEDON S 0
24/05/1982 FRENCH OPEN R32 0
23/06/1980 WIMBLEDON Q 0
26/05/1980 FRENCH OPEN Q 0
28/08/1979 US OPEN S 0
25/06/1979 WIMBLEDON Q 0
Date Tournament Round Points
26/06/1978 WIMBLEDON Q 0
31/08/1977 US OPEN Q 0
20/06/1977 WIMBLEDON Q 0
23/06/1975 WIMBLEDON W 0
28/08/1974 US OPEN W 0
24/06/1974 WIMBLEDON Q 0
27/08/1973 US OPEN R16 0
25/06/1973 WIMBLEDON W 0
28/08/1972 US OPEN W 0
26/06/1972 WIMBLEDON W 0
Date Tournament Round Points
22/05/1972 FRENCH OPEN W 0
01/09/1971 US OPEN W 0
21/06/1971 WIMBLEDON S 0
22/06/1970 WIMBLEDON F 0
23/06/1969 WIMBLEDON F 0
20/01/1969 AUSTRALIAN OPEN F 0
29/08/1968 US OPEN F 0
24/06/1968 WIMBLEDON W 0
19/01/1968 AUSTRALIAN OPEN W 0
28/08/1967 US OPEN W 0
Date Tournament Round Points
26/06/1967 WIMBLEDON W 0
20/06/1966 WIMBLEDON W 0
30/08/1965 US OPEN F 0
24/06/1963 WIMBLEDON F 0
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Rankings History

Year Season-ending Singles Season-ending Doubles
1983 12 0
Career-high Singles Career-high Doubles
26-Sep-1983 (8)

Current WTA Rankings

Ranking Points
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Rankings Breakdown

  • Singles
    Doubles

Grand Slams

Date Tournament Round Points
28/11/1983 AUSTRALIAN OPEN R32 0
20/06/1983 WIMBLEDON S 0
29/11/1982 AUSTRALIAN OPEN Q 0
30/08/1982 US OPEN R128 0
21/06/1982 WIMBLEDON S 0
24/05/1982 FRENCH OPEN R32 0
23/06/1980 WIMBLEDON Q 0
26/05/1980 FRENCH OPEN Q 0
28/08/1979 US OPEN S 0
25/06/1979 WIMBLEDON Q 0
Date Tournament Round Points
26/06/1978 WIMBLEDON Q 0
31/08/1977 US OPEN Q 0
20/06/1977 WIMBLEDON Q 0
23/06/1975 WIMBLEDON W 0
28/08/1974 US OPEN W 0
24/06/1974 WIMBLEDON Q 0
27/08/1973 US OPEN R16 0
25/06/1973 WIMBLEDON W 0
28/08/1972 US OPEN W 0
26/06/1972 WIMBLEDON W 0
Date Tournament Round Points
22/05/1972 FRENCH OPEN W 0
01/09/1971 US OPEN W 0
21/06/1971 WIMBLEDON S 0
22/06/1970 WIMBLEDON F 0
23/06/1969 WIMBLEDON F 0
20/01/1969 AUSTRALIAN OPEN F 0
29/08/1968 US OPEN F 0
24/06/1968 WIMBLEDON W 0
19/01/1968 AUSTRALIAN OPEN W 0
28/08/1967 US OPEN W 0
Date Tournament Round Points
26/06/1967 WIMBLEDON W 0
20/06/1966 WIMBLEDON W 0
30/08/1965 US OPEN F 0
24/06/1963 WIMBLEDON F 0

Tour Championships

Date Tournament Round Points
23/03/1983 VS CHAMPIONSHIPS S 0
17/03/1980 AVON CHAMPIONSHIPS S 0
29/03/1978 VS CHAMPIONSHIPS R1 0
14/10/1974 VS CHAMPIONSHIPS S 0
07/10/1972 VS CHAMPIONSHIPS S 0

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