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SYND21-09-73 BATTLE OF THE SEXES BILLIE-JEAN KING V BOBBY RIGGS AT TENNIS

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(21 Sep 1973) Billie-Jean King plays Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes clash in the Astrodome, Houston, Texas. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/06065b93ab097d3a91974d3859da1eac Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/HowWeWork
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Ash 123 (7 days ago)
Didn't he know he was old when he insulted her and challenged her to play against him? If he won, ignorant people would be quoting it. Now, just accept that she won the challenge. At that time when biases had an even stronger psychological impact.
TELEVISIONARCHIVES (14 days ago)
29 vis 55 of age? And he was in the running? Why didn't she play someone her age?
graftonreed (14 days ago)
Wonder how much money they each made from ticket receipts.
ThaChazo (26 days ago)
I would pay to watch Serena in her Prime vs Federer in his.
spence (1 month ago)
Look into it and it's clearly fixed. Riggs has always been a gambler and clearly wasn't trying to win here. Also just a few months before he beat margaret court very easily, showing that he would've won against king as well if he tried.
Lord Elephant (1 month ago)
humanity lost another battle that day, it didn't matter who won
WallyWinka (1 month ago)
Of course he threw this match. He had bet a crapload of $$ on BJK winning. Plus being the ridiculous showman that he was, he wanted to put on a good show
Basak Celik (1 month ago)
Movie smarttan geldim 😀 harika bir filmdi
JacAttack (1 month ago)
Didn't he come out of retirement for this?
Eddie 1925 (1 month ago)
I actually saw the match live on tv. Big deal she beat a guy 25 years older than her. Why wouldn't she play top male tennis players of the day?
Nad Zie (1 month ago)
I love watching those butt hurts comments and whining men making excuses! she wins so deal with it y'll cry babies 😂.
onlyone23km (1 month ago)
And people want to use the fact that the Williams sisters losing to a man 1 on 1 is the reason women can't be equal to men, athletically. It's not the gender, people. IT'S THE INDIVIDUAL!
Michael Hurwitz (1 month ago)
BR was a degenerate gambler. He had beaten the women’s no. 1 badly (6-1, 6-2) shortly before this and then set up the match with BJK the no. 2 so he could bet against himself and make a fortune with BJK being the heavy underdog.
Recency Bias Radio (1 month ago)
He Definitely lost on purpose lol
Joseph Schauster (2 months ago)
I just watched the movie on HBO this evening. Quite a movie!
ko0lGuy23 (2 months ago)
He was a boss but an ass lol most men are assholes though, nothing new.
Ty Stix (2 months ago)
"Battle of the sexes" great casting and set pieces looks just like the event!
rusty (2 months ago)
he was 55??? what the fuck
M???????? A??????? (2 months ago)
#AsukavsEllsworth brought me here
shady park original (2 months ago)
To kill this noise would if the gender was switched then would the age be a excuse
Joseph Vaccaro (3 months ago)
I hate feminist
STLetsgetitonnow (3 months ago)
Bobby threw the match. The Mob is scary! :(
atlantic1119 (3 months ago)
The rumors persist (and are gaining credence) that Riggs "took a dive" in that match. Consider the fact that the Number 100 male player (he was German) destroyed both Serena and Venus Williams in back to back matches without even breaking a sweat. A few years earlier, a retired Jimmy Connors crushed Martina Navratilova (then still in the top five among the women) in a handicap match (her shots could land in the doubles alleys, his could not). Riggs had earlier destroyed Margaret Court, a player who consistently gave King problems. And, to make matters even comical, transsexual player Renee Richards beat Riggs TWICE in exhibition matches despite herself being over the hill and performing abysmally on the women's tour.
atlantic1119 (3 months ago)
Chris Evert even admitted to consistently losing to her younger brother in back yard matches.
S. Adam Bernstein (3 months ago)
Everyone knows Riggs threw the match to pay off gambling debts with the Mob. He beat Court (the world's top woman player) 6-2, 6-1. Proof that a 55 year old man is superior to a 30 year old woman, at least in tennis. Billie Jean King was having a bad year, and definitely inferior to Court. Bobby Rigged.
Alen Mustlovski (3 months ago)
Riggs threw the match theres a documentary on it.
Las King (4 months ago)
If all men would respect women just a little bit more, this game wouldn’t be held.
Dalmacija (4 months ago)
Its battle with grandpa.
Nick (4 months ago)
He threw the match to settle gambling debts with the mob. He was overheard discussing this with known mafiosos. We can keep pretending she won fair and square but its just not the case
tes516 (4 months ago)
Old man lost to a number 1 women and the old guy didnt try to win it was set up for women pride
VinAnd Sori (5 months ago)
the fight continues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liOuAMgGszo&t=43s
Anita Vera (5 months ago)
OMG people keep saying that Riggs is so much older than BJK but the fact is that he challenged her and she won completely fair
TheGameKeeper94 (2 months ago)
Anita Vera How did she win fair, when she had the age advantage? Imagine if Mike Tyson went up against Floyd Mayweather. Or if Michael Jordan went 1v1 against LeBron James. Floyd & LeBron would win because they're younger. They wouldnt have been fair match-ups.
electric776 (5 months ago)
american bullshits...
joracer1 (5 months ago)
He lost, she beat him, his ego beat him, she was near peak, he was washed up. he probably knew down deep it would be rough... fast foward to 2018 why cant men play in the womens tourney? You know why?
Cornwall1888 (7 months ago)
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
Pill Box (7 months ago)
I thought B King had a dick. People are surprised she beat an old man?
Dominique Charriere (7 months ago)
It should not matter, but unfortunately it matters when it is used to attack and try to lower men like the feminism is doing today. Or to try to create a war of gender that will end badly for all.
Michael Jackson
knchen (7 months ago)
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..
djfetchable (8 months ago)
I wonder how many men will make up excuses on here about why he lost...
Okidata29 (16 days ago)
That doesn't make any sense! Bobby Riggs should never have one that match he was 55 years old! Look up what Billie Jean King thought about beating an old man.
petey1214 (1 month ago)
I mean, what're the excuses for Serena and Venus saying they could beat any man outside of the top 200 and the #203 ranked guy challenged them both and humiliated them? Amazing what happens when there aren't gambling debts to be settled and a 20 year age difference.
fede018 (8 months ago)
they already did
Robert Franqui (8 months ago)
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.
John Wroath (8 months ago)
looks like a warmup march!?
james Deer (8 months ago)
Too bad he threw that game in order to satisfy his gambling debt to the mobsters.
djfetchable (8 months ago)
He lost dude. Get over it.
just wells (8 months ago)
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
just wells (8 months ago)
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"
Christopher King (8 months ago)
Are you kidding me? Is the is best footage of this match? Jesus Christ on a Bicycle.
William Bourbonstreet (8 months ago)
It's astounding how many misogynist douchebags are still lurking around.
just wells (8 months ago)
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.
Inept Jedi (8 months ago)
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".
Ahnaf Muttaki (8 months ago)
Came here after watching the movie
Luis de Leon (8 months ago)
Feminism and homosexuality, great for Hollywood's divisionist and degenerate agenda, so good that they have made the same movie about this twice.
just wells (8 months ago)
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?
Stankin' Thankin' (9 months ago)
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
Stankin' Thankin' (6 months ago)
Em Love i don't have to deal with anyyhing sweetheart :) you are the one who should deal with the embarassment of feeling proud of that day...
just wells (8 months ago)
Dont worry they just want to feel special. And they needed some dumb women to push the gay agenda
Titan (9 months ago)
Came here because of ecstasy hearts
Kenny b (9 months ago)
wow ! this is like a different sport compared to what we have today
Adder Pluco (9 months ago)
She thrashed his pants off.
redriise (9 months ago)
Cant believe I was upset about this until I saw he was 55. Seriously todays women want equality well that isnt equal rights he was a Grandad playing a no. 1 in her prime of 27 or something.
Em Love (6 months ago)
Why were you upset? Lol
Zen Master (8 months ago)
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.
Nacha Pereira (9 months ago)
People still arguing and making excuses over this. She WON and THAT'S IT. It was Riggs who "challenged" her so don't even mention him being older than her.
Okidata29 (16 days ago)
I will mention it. It's not an impressive win! This Holmes beating Ali. She beat a 55 year old man! If she beaten Jimmy Connors now that would have been impressive. So... She WON it was so blasé that women are still begging Tennis $$ THAT'S IT!
George Rusch (4 months ago)
Nacha Pereira Bill Jean King is a man, if she wasn't they would have called her Millie Jane Queen
rafa 9 (5 months ago)
he was a gambler and he lost it so that he could earn more ... the rules were in favour of the women ...women know the facts and back to the kitchen
just wells (8 months ago)
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
Elmo Ratto (10 months ago)
Das Spiel hat er extra verloren
fast1919 (10 months ago)
We can not see enough from this very short clip it looks as though they are knocking up ?
Google Pics (10 months ago)
What is the point of this...apples vs apples women are weaker than men...and I dont understand why this is such a big deal...men genetically are superior and their is nothing wrong with that
fede018 (8 months ago)
misogynistic pigs
T Ahmed (10 months ago)
'Their' certainly isn't 😂
Toomtoom John (10 months ago)
Google Pics how dare you tell the truth, don't you get it? we live in an age where the truth should never be spoken , it upsets the ladies
GermanyFan01 (10 months ago)
Didn't he lose on purpose?
DaNZ 27 (2 months ago)
Yes he did it was a side show
Alexis Fitzroy (3 months ago)
I don't think so. His goal was to prove that men are superior than women. Also he challenged her in first place.
Rocklessness (10 months ago)
women are not as good as men in sports, thats why they separated the genders, otherwise women will never get any medals
Enema Twatson (1 month ago)
Ayanokoji Can't say I blame them. I love patting women on the backside as well. 😁
Em Love (6 months ago)
Ayanokoji He insisted on playing her lol and she beat him what's the big deal why are all the guys getting defensive about it ?
Ayanokoji (6 months ago)
Em Love yeah beating an old guy who is atleast 25 yrs older than her is a great accomplishment. Women love patting themselves on their back
Em Love (6 months ago)
She beat him, get over it crybaby .
Rains Storm (7 months ago)
Rocklessness sexist
barefoot arizona (10 months ago)
I wonder how much he won betting against himself
djfetchable (8 months ago)
He lost dude. Get over it.
just wells (8 months ago)
Lmao way more then she got.
Joe Marshall (11 months ago)
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.
Dead na Palke (11 months ago)
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?
binkyboobosh1 (11 months ago)
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.
Smartkid2387 (8 months ago)
But I thought BJK never wanted to play against Bobby for those exact reasons. I believed she said she was backed into a corner and had to do it for pride.
Ben Player (11 months ago)
If BR was 29 it would of been a different story. This is my opinion so don’t go round hassling me that I’m sexist because I’m not. I’m just entitled to my opinion and your entitled to yours
Farid Damasio (11 months ago)
Williams v Mcenroe next...
Romeo Juliet (11 months ago)
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
Terrell Miller (11 months ago)
BJK LOOKED LIKE BRUCE LEE WITH THE FOOT WORK.
BackyardBaseball (11 months ago)
Is this what tennis looked like in the 70s?? Or is this the biggest scam in US sports history they cant be trying haha she looks like shes playing badmitton for Christ Sake
Darryl Flinch (11 months ago)
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!
robert raulerson (11 months ago)
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.
Scroats McKenzie (11 months ago)
Pringles brought me here
Vanessa Norimi (11 months ago)
So many comments here saying this ruined the 2017 movie release... Funny how history becomes a movie spoiler!
Anggi Pardede (28 days ago)
Because they dont know the history that became an inspiration for the movie. Sad young fuckers need to google more
Sad Jew (1 month ago)
Vanessa Norimi ☠️
Aaron Morris (11 months ago)
The movie completely skipped over the part during the match, when Evel Kneviel jumped over the Astrodome.
Wayne Brower (11 months ago)
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.
joe sheehan (11 months ago)
so slow!! they look like teenagers practicing
TheCriticsAreRaving (11 months ago)
This is stupid and proves nothing.
jb N.Y. (11 months ago)
I don't even play tennis seriously. I could beat both on one court them 2 on same side. Easy
林嘉賢 (2 months ago)
no you can't
Funny Sweet (10 months ago)
jb N.Y. Lol
karrezza (11 months ago)
Uh, AUDIO?
joseph williams (11 months ago)
This is and always will be more of a circus atmosphere than a tennis match. This is a total embarrassment to the game of tennis!!!!!!
DON DAVIS (1 year ago)
Nah it wasn't the battle of the sexes. Some would say it was man on man others would say it was woman in woman
youwatch2muchtv (11 months ago)
DON DAVIS it was an old man vs a woman in her prime, dipshit
Matthew Seven (1 year ago)
The man looks like peter sellers
freestylexgp (1 year ago)
He threw the match because he felt sorry for her.
petey1214 (1 month ago)
He didn't throw the match because he felt sorry for her. He threw the match to pay off gambling debts. At least, that's how the story goes.
dbleo (7 months ago)
roguexxrenegade it was all an act. He wasn't actually a chauvinist.
101001 (11 months ago)
freestylexgp he didn’t throw the match, but he was like 55 years old
roguexxrenegade (11 months ago)
Nah he was a cocky douche. He didn’t let the 30 year old woman he beat before this match win.
XxRagnarxX (11 months ago)
LOL okay Timonthy, say whatever you want to make your ignorant ass fell better.
Fane Valento (1 year ago)
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 😌
D'Ascoyne (9 months ago)
Fane Valento BS! It was the same rules for both players.
Renée Lucero (9 months ago)
Jeanetty130 J Yeah, I hear you pal.
J J (11 months ago)
I just lost brain cells reading this trash
Ally C (11 months ago)
LOL okay
eric strickland (11 months ago)
ally c you're just mad because he's right .
Fane Valento (1 year ago)
I don't mind a young woman beating an old man. Let's have a young woman try to be a young man pro. IT CANT HAPPEN
Super Bowl Dave (1 year ago)
Riggs "rigged" it, threw the match to pay off gambling debts. They were both friends until death. All for publicity, yet Feminists still go apeshit over the result.
andrew Gonzalez (1 year ago)
Some mayweather mcgregor shit lol
prschuster (1 year ago)
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.
Fack Off (30 days ago)
+Alex Matthews you're the L
Alex Matthews (1 month ago)
prschuster L
frajoelyouvid (1 year ago)
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.
George Rusch (4 months ago)
frajoelyouvid you men sex reassignment surgery is a Lie? Then I think Bobby Riggs should get a refund.
ajnode (5 months ago)
@laclochard 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.
laclochard (5 months ago)
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.
ajnode (7 months ago)
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.
Frank Herrera (1 year ago)
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!
redmustang03 (1 year ago)
You beat a 55 year old man.
Alexis Fitzroy (3 months ago)
Oh, do you? He insulted and challenged her in first place. He said that she couldn't beat him even as an old man. She only tried to prove her value as a true athlete in a machism society. Don't blame her for that.
julio hernandez (1 year ago)
Lowkey booby wanted to help the feminist movement,he knew he gonna lose ,he was the first troll
Alex Reynolds (1 year ago)
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
Riggs also threw this match most likely
PHNX EN3RG (1 year ago)
this is basically how mcgregor mayweather will go down
libertarianvoter (11 months ago)
Same idea, but this time, the old man won.
No Thanks (1 year ago)
PHNX EN3RG lol
jjfattah (1 year ago)
All human can be equal but not men and women; there is no difference between feminism and male chauvinism; both are endlessly idiotic.
onlyone23km (15 days ago)
Don’t you mean “misandry and misogyny are endlessly idiotic”?
Danni (1 year ago)
That match looked like badminton compared to today's tennis.
Balendula (10 days ago)
Today's tennis is about power and speed. Back then, it was more tactical. The tennis players of the past would not even be able to return the serves of the tennis players of today. Tennis players now are more athletic than the ones in the 60's and 70's.
Carlos Reyes (2 months ago)
I do remember the solid wooden racquets
Carlos Reyes (2 months ago)
I remember this match in Houston hard to believe that it's been 45 years ago
Gabriel Zayes (2 months ago)
Keyser Söze yea u r naive, most pros have the same power and speed but the ones that come out on top have a stronger mentality, better style, and skills. For example, Roger Federer, he is not that fast compared to other players but his skill is what causes him to win a lot of matches and his style is unique and smart.
88feji (2 months ago)
+Hazori mmmm ... such ignorance, read this and learn something about badminton: 1) badminton players sprint at a much faster speed and reflexes than tennis players 2) their racquet speed is so much quicker, its a game of reflexes, tennis have ore weight lifting involved but less reflexes 3) the accuracy required is much more precise and intricate with smaller margin for error 4) the shuttle travels a lot faster so they don't have much time until the shot is returned, 5) the breaks between points are much shorter, 6) they pick up their own shuttle as compared to tennis players who have helpers to fetch balls fetch drinks fetch towels etc ... 7) badminton players have been calculated to cover more mileage than a tennis player Of course tennis can be tiring too due to the weight of the racquiet and how hard you need to hit but lets not kid yourself, your comment suggests that badminton is a slower sport, its NOT, its actually a lot faster than tennis and more testing on reflex and precision of extremely small margin of error compared to tennis...
John Jones (1 year ago)
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.
Hemant Kumar (1 year ago)
She broke him like a dog.
roguexxrenegade (11 months ago)
Hemant Kumar why would anyone break a dog?
X_Online (1 year ago)
Doesn't matter if he was old he lost.. How much you want to bet he was still stronger than BJK.. No need for excuses he played the game and lost.
rowbom (14 hours ago)
Well put - I am with you on this. He - Bobby Riggs - decided on the conditions of the match himself. He specifically chose to play the best woman player of the day - Billie Jean, so nothing about this match was unfair.
kloppskalli (5 days ago)
oh dear I think JOHN McEnroe would see that a little different :-)) on the other hand he's almost 60.. might be a little slow on his feet now
+kloppskalli yup. He's on record as stating her threw the match for $
He owed money to the mob and admitted to throwing the match.
josey gunnels (8 days ago)
actually he more then likely threw the game for big bucks. a thing he is kinda known for

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