Do Any Of Us Remember Bobby Riggs?

No. But we definitely remember Billie Jean King.

In 1973, in a tennis match widely hyped as “The Battle of the Sexes,” King beat Bobby Riggs… rather, whupped Bobby Riggs… 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

And now, marking the 35th anniversary of that victory comes a new book from King, Pressure is a Privilege: Lessons I’ve Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes.

Using her victory over Riggs as a backdrop, King talks about events in her life that led up to the match – and the many things that have happened since.

King was outed in 1981 by an ex-lover, losing about $2 million in endorsements as a result. In 1998, she finally came out publicly and became the first out lesbian Olympic coach in 2000.

The book’s dedication to King’s life partner, Ilana Kloss, who “gives me the strength and support to keep living the dream,” is evidence of how far King has come, personally, and how open her life is now.

King with Ilana Kloss


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