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Bobby Riggs (1918–1995)

Bobby Riggs was probably most famous for losing to Billie Jean King in the famous September 20, 1973 Battle of the Sexes match at the Houston Astodome. What is often forgotten is that Bobby Riggs was at one point the number 1 tennis player in the world and a former Wimbledon and United States Champion. He was reputed to have bet on myself to win ... See full bio »

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If I can't play for big money, I play for a little money. And if I can't play for a little money, I stay in bed that day. See more »


He defeated Margaret Court in his first "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match during the early 1970s. His outspoken gloating and trumpeting of male chauvinism afterward drew the ire of ranking women's champion Billie Jean King who finally accepted his challenge and defeated Riggs when his second "Battle of the Sexes" tennis contest occurred, in Houston, Texas, on September 20, 1973.

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