Billie Jean King

More about Billie Jean King, the lesbian tennis great who beat bobby Riggs in a September 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match. King was a vocal advocate for women's equal pay and equal rights and her match against Riggs was symbolic of women's struggle for equality. She founded the Women's Tennis Association and Women's Sports Foundation. Billie Jean King made headlines in 1998 when she came out of the closet. In 2000 she served as the first openly gay coach of the United States women's tennis team.

The American tennis champion proposed a unique response to the Australian player's anti-LGBT diatribe.

June 06 2017 5:43 PM

Tennis legend Billie Jean King says it's time for the IOC to consider potential host countries' laws when selecting the next location of the games.

February 24 2014 2:01 PM

After the death of her mother, King will participate in the closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Games.

February 14 2014 6:52 PM

The groundbreaking moment won't come in her lifetime, but it will come, King tells Harry Smith on Meet the Press.

January 27 2014 5:50 AM

Billie Jean King tells Stephen Colbert that she's not afraid to face Vladimir Putin in the interrogation room.

January 16 2014 7:00 AM

The Russian president says his nation is most concerned with producing a smooth-running Winter Olympics where all athletes are treated equally.

December 19 2013 3:15 PM