(21 Sep 1973) Billie-Jean King plays Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes clash in the Astrodome, Houston, Texas.
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Serena and Venus Williams says they could beat any man outside the top 200. World number 203 karstan braasch stepped forward after a game of golf and a few beers he beat them 6-0 6-1 back to back
Hundreds of men can beat the very best women, beating a near senior citizen doesn’t prove much
I watched this farce as it happened. Riggs by that time was an old man, WAY past his prime, while King was at the top of her game. RIggs treated the whole thing as the farce it was. He had a big grin the whole time. She was stone faced and was trying her best to beat this old goofball. What a joke. No top woman pro could ever beat a comparable male in virtually any sport. Don't let the facts affect your delusions.
riggs uncharacteristically made many unforced errors in this match that he didn't make in his match against margaret court just a few months prior. and match point ended on an unforced error by riggs, though in the movie version it ended on a winner by king. it's also interesting there's hardly any footage on the actual match. what little there is out there shows riggs committing unforced errors that even club players wouldn't commit. i reckon if anyone saw the complete footage they'd wonder why riggs' play dropped considerably after just a couple of months..
Tennis is sport that will not separate men and woman's physical differences at an amature level (Bobby Riggs being the amature). Yes there is a very definate difference between men and woman physically. If you took any top professional in any sport and the men will probably dominate. For a man to assert that a woman is less than for these facts is a total dumbass. A professional woman can have as much drive and determination as any man. Physical attributes dont make one better.
This women was a adulteress a liar a gay and a con woman.. You want equal rights shame this women like you do your husbands and BFs for cheating on a good man/women because her guy stuck it out where was the equality in her making her man a push over so she could fuck around. read between the lines this women was a horrible role model and pushed the gay agenda
since women want equality why not compete against someone at an equal age? He threw the game anyway he had a worse gambling problem then Michael Jordan. This game was more political then it was about skill. No possible way a Top female athlete is beating a Top male athlete in a physical sport. no such thing as equality This whole staged event of bringing gays into the light and putting women in a new platform. Her win was like Obamas win for President "a gift to society"
im not a misogynist but I also know that this was all staged. Not going to put women on a pedestal just because they are Female That alone is sexist.. You want equality go through all the hurdles everyone else does. Races have been fighting for equality and Gays have been given more rights in this society then most people of color. And it took less then 25% of the time lmao now that astounding.
I think his sexist statements were a little played up. He was pretty humble about the match after it was over, saying "She was too good, too fast. She returned all my passing shots and made great plays off them".
Thats all this staged bullshit was about bringing gays into the light and females on a platform to generate more commercial money. Whole game was rigged he lost on purpose because his gambling addiction was worse then Michael Jordans. But notice how everyone is talking about equality but gays have gotten more rights in a short amount of time and people of color are still being in prisoned murdered being captured.. Why not fight for that equality?
A woman in her prime vs. a grandpa :D What does that prove ? What self-respecting smart woman would use that as something to be empowered by :D If that was perceived as a great thing for the women's liberation movement, I gotta say, it's kind of embarrassing for the ladies at the time :D
By the way... Margaret Court
Lol.. apparently after the match where he waxed court when he was still in pretty good shape he went out to vegas and just got folded for several months leading up to the BJK match. Was he out of shape playing Billie? Possibly. Did he throw the match for a bigger payday? Possibly. But regardless, the dude was 55 and retired for over a decade (he fought in ww2 for Christ sakes). It would've been unbelievably embarrassing if she lost to him.
im not a misogynist but I also know that this was all staged. Not going to put women on a pedestal just because they are Female That alone is sexist.. You want equality go through all the hurdles everyone else does.(not saying you don't) Races have been fighting for equality and Gays have been given more rights in this society then most people of color. And it took less then 25% of the time lmao now that astounding. now notice how she just happened to be gay and pushed that agenda.. she was a cheater a liar an adulteress and a gay a horrible role model but you guys still praise her.. shits sad
He probably threw the match. He had beaten Margaret Court 6-2 6-1, just a few months before. Margaret was a better player than Billy Jean. He was a gambler who was in deep debt to Underworld interests. Obviously, a lot of powerful forces set up this huge event, and broadcast it WORLD-WIDE, a very rare thing at the time. He knew that if he lost, a rematch could be set up. If he won, no one would want to see a rematch. He begged BJK for the rematch many times, pointing out how much money was involved, but she refused. He always claimed she won fair and square, but what else is he supposed to say, "I threw it"? One of the television stations did a special about a guy who worked at a tennis facility that Bobby frequented, and stated that he overheard the conversation between Bobby and some shady characters where Bobby agreed to throw the match in return for removing his gambling debt. The guy didn't repeat the story until he was old, out of fear. But the rumors were there from the git-go. Another possibility is that Bobby was drugged. He was taking FIVE HUNDRED pills a day from some quack he was promoting, and you can see videos of him online behaving erratically as he takes the pills......the whole thing was very strange.....It helped promote women's tennis, but not as much as Chris Evert's teenage good looks....just sayin'.....John McEnroe recently challenged Serena to a match (before she was pregnant), but she refused. Jack Kramer was made out to be the bad guy in the film, but his point of view was not fairly given. He, Pancho Gonzales, and other pros had labored for 20+ years to create a professional men's tour, travelling all over, and starving, fighting amateur interests every step of the way. They did all kinds of things to promote their tour. Bobby's crazy hustling, playing in a lawn chair for money and such, was no joke...that's what they did to survive.....suddenly, a much lesser league, the women's league, comes along ad demands EQUAL prize money...it was not fair. The women' tour did not draw one third the spectators that the men's draw did. Jack had good points.
wow, she barely beat (6–4, 6–3, 6–3) a 55 year old geriatric and is proud of it (almost twice her age).. what the hell is wrong with this world? What kind of a person would take pride in something like that?
This was a silly event. Billie Jean was 29 and at the top of her game whilst Bobby was nearly 56 and suffering from arthritis, who played his tennis in the 30s and 40s. He used the game to make some money, and she used it to make some gender equality point. Both got what they wanted. I'm not sure that tennis was a winner.
She pretty much played her father of course she should win. If it was really his idea then i feel like he threw thaf match. He was a hustler and gambler and probably owed some big money. This was genius on his part
Riggs had a horrible gambling debt. This is like McGregor trying to get the fight with Mayweather. It was all a show to get MONEY. Think about it. It was on of the most watch tennis matches ever at that time. Meaning it was for publicity and money. In terms of Billie King it was for Gender but for Riggs bring in the money!
any argument about this being a battle of the sexes doesn't get what this was really about, the man was a hustler. This was about fame, notoriety, and most importantly money billed to the public as a "battle of the sexes" bobby riggs won because no one would ever remember his name if this match never happened.
Bobby admitted later in life that he took a dive for this match. Just look at this video, they are playing like little kids. No power behind the swings. It was all hype to bring more popularity to the game of tennis.
And ALMOST everything a woman wins against a man was given to her. Notice how she got special treatment and the rules favored her. So imagine that. A man allowing for himself to be handicapped and at old age lmao. And this is what they celebrate!? I would be ashamed of all this. And in the movie that they are making, they BETTER HAVE make the rules known on how they gave her the upper hand. Looks like women always need to have the upper hand. Which is why women would only hire to have her husband killed or do it herself while he is sleeping 😌
This match was mostly a side show. Riggs liked to make bets and be a center of attention. This whole event was a golden opportunity for him to draw attention to himself. Billie Jean was a perfect person to bring attention to women's issues by virtue of accepting his challenge. Her win was mostly symbolic and she is now an Icon of the women's movement by making it cool for girls to play sports. So stop arguing about who's the better tennis player, whether she could have beat him when he was younger or whether he threw the match. None of that matters.
Why can't we get over the obsession to always pit men and women against each other? They are DIFFERENT but COMPLEMENTARY. Women will not become equal to men by turning them into men. Men will not be equal to women by turning them into women.
Moron. He didn't actually give a shit about female abilities. It is a foregone conclusion that males will always defeat females in games like this. The best males will always be better than the best females. He did this as a publicity stunt to make money.
It was Riggs at that moment who couldn't just leave women alone enjoying the sport. The moral of the story, as someone said in the comments, is that women deserve respect, and men should just enjoy the sports without the need of putting women down.
Because people like to make up lies about each of the sexes, but don't like to put it into practice. This match, clearly thrown by Riggs, was a manufactured cultural circus - the lie that did more for women's sport than any legitimate match.
It was a farce then and it is a farce today. If a current champion playing 55 year old has-been is your definition of "equality", then I understand how they want "equal pay" for playing hour and a half 3 set (most are two set 6-1 6-0) boring matches. Whereas men play 3 hr. 5 setters. Now if Billie Jean would have taken on Connors, McKenroe or Borg, equity would have been flushed down the toilet!
This guy owed money to a couple Mafia families. He made a deal to beat Margaret court then lose to this chick. Open your eyes, margaret court was way better than billie king and he wiped her off the court, but somehow gets wiped off the court by this chick? Please
try a heavy wooden racquet and you will see why it looks the way it does. Personally, using an old racquet I find I get almost zero topspin as I can't get my wrist over the ball and the difference in power is massive too.
Hazroi Actually if you look at the statistics, badminton players cover about twice the distance. Here, I've copied and pasted a good little paragraph about it for you here.
OK then. Lets compare a Wimbledon final to a world championship final in badminton. The Wimbledon final lasted 198 minutes, the badminton final 76 minutes. Doesn't look good for badminton right? WRONG! The actual amount of time the ball or shuttlecock were in play were 18 minutes and 37 minutes respectively. Breaking it down further to the number of shots played (1 004 to 1 972) and assuming 22 feet traveled per shot per player we find that the tennis player covered about 2 miles, and the badminton player 4 miles. So the badminton player ran TWICE as far in under half the time. This just goes to show how tough badminton is. Tennis is a great game and most people understand the athletic endeavors involved in playing at the top level. From this example we can see that badminton athletes need to be in world-class condition.
It's funny people still debate whether this was a set-up. Watch Riggs vs Court before watching Riggs vs King. He's nearly the same age, but his play is completely different. In this match, he clearly just lobs returns back to her baseline. It's apparent the news about gambling and betting against himself are true. No angles or aggression at all. For a real match with the inevitable outcome, watch Connors vs Navratilova. He bet a million dollars on himself, despite rules that favored her.
is not just about strength , but also stamina,i have 24 and i can't run 10 min , he was an athlete , but retired , 5 years ago i could play 2 hours of football , now i can't , imagine a 55 old guy , he with 30 years old and she with 30 years old would be another history.
It does matter. It also matters that he purpose threw the match to win a bet. If he could beat (really dominated) the number 1 female player that same year, can you only say he couldn't have beaten BJK if he wanted?
He was 55 for fuck's sake and she was 30. Fucking whores look at Navratilova play Connors with hybrid rules...Connors smashed her. Nadal would eat Serena alive if this shit was to happen today. Equal pay for less work is the motto for these women.
yall are incredible. it was him that went around bitching that he could beat female players at his old age. he lived in his own dick measuring contest 24/7. she accepted his dumb offer and crushed him, as was appropriate. if she hadn't accepted yall would still be here arguing that he would've beat her. come on now.
Y'all is a perfectly acceptable contraction of "you all". However, some folks might say that the word "irony" is often misused in place of the word "sarcasm" by uneducated people. The two traditionally meant very different things.
To all who keep going on about this being a battle between an old man versus a younger female player: BR was the one bragging that he could win any female athlete in the tennis court and provoked BJK on multiple occasions to compete with him => BJK was not the one trying to prove that she is better but the other way around! It seems to me that BR was a very insecure old man that was constantly trying to prove his manhood and hide his insecurities by challenging women instead of other men who are in general biologically stronger than women. Moreover it is evident by his interviews that he was a chauvinistic piece of shit! Whether BJK could win or not BR at his prime I could not say but in my view it is not important. THE MORAL OF THE STORY: This match does NOT prove that we women generally are stronger or possess equal biological strength as men but that we ought to be treated with respect and not be looked down upon because of our genitals.
steve yanez, it is not "well known", they were made up rumors. It was speculated this was so yet his close friend, Lornie Kuhle, denied it. What is well known it's the fact he went to his hotel room after the match and wouldn't leave or receive anyone for four hours out of shame, and he spent the following 6 months utterly depressed as his very own son would explain later on. Hardly the behavior of someone who has won such a gamble.
Jesus Bobby Riggs threw that match of Battle of the Sexes vs BJK. This has been pretty well known in Vegas for a long time. Riggs was sooooo heavily favored against BJ King bc 3 months prior he whooped the then number 1 ranked tennis player Margaret Court. It was well known that Riggs gambled and it has been a Vegas story for years that he threw the match after betting on himself. Obviously I have NO proof but based on Riggs well known gambling and the FACT he killed Court 3 months previously which made the betting soooo lopsided in his favor it does make sense. Also this story has gone around Vegas for sooo long.
Tennis back in that era always had that slow pace, simply because there wasn't really much focus onto power tennis yet, it only really started emerging when Sampras, Seles, Davenport, Williams came to the stage, each of them always pushing it a notch higher. Technology also pushed the speeds up substantially.
Similar thing with track running, modern athletes are running nearly 3x faster compared to 40 years ago.
are we forgeting that biologically a man is more likely to be stronger, faster, taller, etc than a woman? BJK or any woman you are all beautiful, and you are entitled to any and everything a man is entitled too...i have yet to be blessed with a child, be it boy or girl i will teach them to love and respect the sexes....i do have a mother and a sister. And my dad and me will always defend their right to life, liberty, and justice (not that these strong beautiful women need us too) but because we love them and all PEOPLE
Yes, more likely. But you can't just pick pairs of men and women at random in the whole population and expect the men to always defeat the women. There are women that weight 200 pounds, some that are 6 foot tall, some that are just very fast, or agile, or just good and determined. Some are all of that at once. And just like me (i'm a man), a lot of men are short, skinny, not necessarily good at sports and are not very strong in general. Plus, if you pick pairs made of african women and asian men, you're more likely to see african women being stronger than asian men.
Yes, average man is stronger than average woman, but all this "men are stronger than women" nonsense is just the reflection of ethnocentrism and lack of scientific education. So, saying that men are stronger than women because biologically, men are likely to be stronger... Please. Don't generalize. Even with the "more likely" precaution, this statement is wrong, because we're living in a biased society with beauty criterias and gender expectations that makes the path difficult for women when it comes to practice sports and building muscles.
Riggs was ranked number 1 in the world.....Back in 1941, 1947. Billy Jean King in 1973 played against someone who
would be eligible today for AARP.
*Note: To Bobby's credit he was really in good shape.
** Not publicized as much..... Senior citizen Bobby Riggs beat Margaret Court who was 30 years old and the top female player in the world (1973) .....6-2, 6-1. I remember my dad talking about that match which we hear very little about. Basically he felt the two Bobby Riggs matches were little more than pony acts at the circus.
A 55 year old man lost to a 29 year old woman. Not Earth shattering. I would sit up and take notice if she had beaten Ilie Nastase but, of course, it would have been 0-6 0-6 (and 0-6 if they played a 5 setter, like men do).
A positive proof that a 30 y.o. can defeat a 55 y.o. ... Embarassing for any "Women's cause", since it indirectly implies that this is the best a woman can obtain. More that a battle of sexes, this is a battle of ages.... and deception.
Let's BJK challenge Nastase, in 1973, LOL!
You shouldn't really talk about education, Italy is quite known to have some of the worst schooling systems in the world though. You barely rank above the Balkan states and half of them are illiterate.
and the people trying to change history by saying the Billie Jean King didn't get the hit into the doubles court and Bobby Riggs had to hit into the singles Court in the Bobby Riggs only got one serve and Billie Jean King got both serves. If you get a chance to watch the complete match you'll see that it's the truth that Bobby Riggs Not only was 27 years older than Billie Jean King she also got the advantage of hitting into the doubles Court while he had to hit into the singles Court. And only one serve compared to 2 serves is also a disadvantage.
You're confused. This one was legit (as legit as a prime of life female player vs. someones grandfather).
Navratilova vs Jimmy Connors is what you're remembering. He had to field the entire doubles court with a single serve. Navratilova got two serves to Jimmys one. This can't be overstated as a major difference in play necessity.
After doing a bit more research, Riggs may have also even thrown the match as well. It has been recently revealed that relatives of Riggs had bet heavily on Billie-Jean King winning the match... Interesting.
He also beat world number one ranked Womens tennis player Margaret Court convincingly 6-2 6-1 only 2 months prior but with no handicap in place.
D'Ascoyne you have not yet admitted to being wrong... What a pathetic loser you are.. :)
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