American Tennis Player Bobby Riggs

Bobby Riggs

Former American Tennis player, late Robert Larimore “Bobby” Riggs was born on the 25th of February, 1918 in Los Angeles. Bobby Riggs reigned the tennis game in the decades of 1930’s and 1940’s while enjoying World’s No.1 and co-No 1 position for three years.  He was the Amateur tennis World’s No.1 in 1941 and the professional World’s No.1 player in 1946 and 1947. He mostly played amateur tennis in the 1930’s until finally playing his first professional match on 26th December 1941.

His amateur career also has many badges on it along with being a part of the Davis cup winning team at the age of 20 in 1938. In 1939 he made to the finals of the French Championship but bagged in three titles at the Wimbledon in the singles, mixed doubles and doubles matches. He also won the US championship after he as awarded the rank of Amateur World’sNo.1 in 1939. He won the mixed doubles title in the Us championship in 1940 and the next year he started professional tennis career which was disturbed due to World War II. In 1946, 1947 and 1949 Riggs beat Budge 24 to 22 matches along with a tie before proving himself to be the World’s best tennis player. In 1988 Riggs was diagnosed with Prostate cancer and he died on 25th October 1995 at the age of 77. He was forgotten for a long time after again coming in to the limelight through the match which is better known as the battle of sexes which he lost to Billie Jean King.

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