Gauff gave a shout out to the lesbian icon after receiving her $3 million check.
September 11 2023 1:00 PM
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 action figure of the tennis legend is modeled after her look when she beat Bobby Riggs in the infamous Battle of the Sexes.
In an op-ed for The Washington Post, King praised Serena Williams for standing up to tennis's double standard that unfairly punishes women of color.
Billie Jean King called out Nadal, who argued against equal pay for women based on his factually incorrect ideas about which gender draws more viewers.
Veteran sportscaster Mary Carillo spent days with Court at her ministry in Australia, where she feeds the homeless and espouses the idea that homosexuality can be cured.
Court, who has a history of making virulent anti-LGBT statements, tries to prove she doesn't hate gay people by mentioning she uses a gay florist at her church.
Barry Court defended his wife, anti-LGBT tennis champ Margaret Court, when King called for a name change to Margaret Court Arena.
Australian tennis champ Court has amped up her hateful anti-LGBT statements since marriage equality passed there late last year.
If Australians voting "yes" to marriage didn't upset Court enough, Martina Navratilova dragged her on Twitter about the upcoming holidays.
The tennis legend put her reputation on the line for women's equality, but she's always been an intersectional force.