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|Caption||American tennis player Billie Jean King, raises the trophy a...|
King, Billie Jean (1943 - )
American tennis player Billie Jean King, raises the trophy after her win in the ladies' final of the Carrolls Irish Open Lawn Tennis Championship, in Dublin's Fitzwilliam Tennis Club, on 11 or 12 July 1969. She is holding the engraved cup to one side, above her head. Spectators can be seen in the background. King beat British tennis player Virginia Wade to win this final.
RTE Television broadcast edited highlights of this championship as part of its 'Sports Special' programme on 13 July 1969. A brief preview of the championship appeared in the RTE Guide of 10 July 1969.
Billie Jean King is considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. She won 12 singles' titles in all four Grand Slam events over the course of her career, including 6 at Wimbledon. She was also outspoken on the subject of sexual inequality in sport, and won the famous 'Battle of the Sexes' tennis match against Bobby Riggs in 1973.
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(11/Jul/1969 - 11/Jul/1969)