Billie Jean Moffitt was born in Long Beach, California on November 22, 1943. She learned playing tennis in a public court near her home. She was eager to go all the way as tennis professional and made it clear with her victory in 1962 Wimbledon in women’s doubles. She continued winning titles after her debut and clinched 20 titles between 1961 and 1979. She also won 13 US titles in total. She also won two French and two Australian titles.
She is also known for her efforts to bring female players to the limelight as she fought for prize money for women tennis to be equal to the prize money in men’s tennis. Her efforts took her to the big stage when she competed against Bobby Riggs in 1973 to break his proud that men’s tennis was better and deserved better price money. The famous match was named as ‘Battle of the Sexes’.
Billie King Jean became the president of Women’s Tennis Association in 1974 and was elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987. She was captain of the popular US team in Fed Cup in 1990s.
She ruled the tennis world for over two decades, winning 20 Wimbledon titles, including six singles. After her retirement from the professional game, she has been actively involved in the game as coach, commentator and business women.
The era of 1969-1960 of U.S Open showed famous tennis players’ names, like Margaret Smith-Court, Billie Jean King and Marie Bueno, who are undoubtedly the best tennis players ever. The decade long, title run of U.S open, was among Margaret Smith-Court and Marie Bueno, and both of them won the title three times which itself is a great success. The list of female winners and runner-ups of U.S Open tennis championship during 1969-1960 is as follow:
Year 1969-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-1969: Margaret Smith-Court
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-1969: Nancy Richey
Year 1968-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-1968: Virginia Wade
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-1968: Billie Jean King
Year 1967-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-1967: Billie Jean King
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-1967: Ann Haydon Jones
Year 1966-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-1966: Marie Bueno
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-1966: Nancy Richey
Year 1965-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-1965: Margaret Smith
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-1965: Billie Jean Moffitt
Year 1964-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-1964: Marie Bueno
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-1964: Carole Caldwell Graebner
Year 1963-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-1963: Marie Bueno
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-1963: Margaret Smith
Year 1962-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-1962: Margaret Smith
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-1962: Darlene D. Hard
Year 1961-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-1961: Darlene R. Hard
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-1961: Ann Haydon
Year 1960-U.S Open Tennis
- U.S Open winner (female)-1960: Darlene R. Hard
- U.S Open runner-up (female)-1960: Marie Bueno
Male tennis players to make headline:
The US Open Championship 2011 will commence from August 29, 2011 and will entertain the spectators through the month of September. This tournament will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. The USTA announced the names of the some of the most famous and greatest male tennis players who would make the headline in the 2011 US Open tournament. The names are:
- World No. 1 tennis player 2011 and reigning champion of Australian Open 2011 and Wimbledon 2011, Novak Djokovic.
- Reigning US Open 2010 and French Open 2011 champion, Rafael Nadal.
- Five-time US Open champion, Roger Federer
- Former US Open champions and considerably the most popular among the other 101 tennis players who made a direct entry into US Open 2011, Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro.
Female tennis players to make headline:
The US Open 2011 will experience the colors in the Women Singles tournament as many greatest female tennis players are going to perform after a series of injuries and health crisis. Both men’s and women’s US Open single champions will receive $1.8 million. Tempting! In 2011 US Open, 37 countries will be represented by women. The USTA has announced the names of some of the famous female tennis players who will walk the hard court of US open 2011. Here are their names:
- Reigning Australian Open champion and two time defending US Open champion, Kim Clijsters
- French Open 2011 women champion, Li Na
- Wimbledon 2011 female champion, Kvitova
- 3 times US Open champion, Serena Williams
- US tennis player, Venus Williams
- Russian female tennis player, Maria Sharapova
- Svetlana Kuznetsova
Wimbledon glory was under the flags of USA in another era by Billie Jean King and Chris Evert-Lloyd. Both were highlighted in the WTA tennis player ranking for several years. They met some resistance from the former world No. 1 in the tennis player ranking Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, who appeared in the finals of the Wimbledon in that era 4 times, but over all it was all USA in that era.
After trying for couple of years, Chris finally won the Wimbledon title in 1974 after defeating the Russian Olga Morozova 6-0, 6-4 and got her name in the Venus Rosewater Trophy. The following night, Chris Evert danced at the ball with her fiancé, Jimmy Connors who also won the Gentlemen’s singles title after defeating Ken Rosewall. The media called it a Love Match.
The list of female winners and runner-ups of Wimbledon Open tennis championship during 1979-1970 is as follow:
- Wimbledon Open winner: Martina Navratilova
- Wimbledon Open runner-up : Chris Evert-Lloyd
- Wimbledon Open winner : Martina Navratilova
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1978: Chris Evert
- Wimbledon Open winner: Virginia Wade
- Wimbledon Open runner-up: Betty Stove
- Wimbledon Open winner : Chris Evert
- Wimbledon Open runner-up : Evonne Goolagong-Cawley
- Wimbledon Open winner : Billie Jean King
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (: Evonne Goolagong-Cawley
- Wimbledon Open winner : Chris Evert
- Wimbledon Open runner-up : Olga Morozova
- Wimbledon Open winner : Billie Jean King
- Wimbledon Open runner-up : Chris Evert
- Wimbledon Open winner : Billie Jean King
- Wimbledon Open runner-up: Evonne Goolagong
- Wimbledon Open winner : Evonne Goolagong
- Wimbledon Open runner-up : Margaret Court
- Wimbledon Open winner : Margaret Smith-Court
- Wimbledon Open runner-up : Billie Jean King
The era of 1969-1960 produced mixed results in the Wimbledon, when not one player could manage to hold the title for long. Famous female tennis playerBillie Jean King from United States won the title 3 times along with Maria bueno from Brazil who won the title twice and stood runner-up twice as well.
Billie Jean King was the most dynamic and prolific winner at the women’s singles Wimbledon championship. She not only played Wimbledon but contributed a lot to the development of tennis. Between 1966 and 1975, Billie dominated Wimbledon with her impeccable game. She reached eight women’s singles finals and won six of them. The opponent whom she defeated twice is Goolagong, first in 1972 and then 1975. Billie Jeans defeated Maria Bueno in 1966, Ann Jones in 1967 and Judy Tegart in 1968. She has two losses in the following years, to Mrs. Jones in 1969 and Margaret Court in 1970. The 1970 Wimbledon was a classic in which Margaret staggered off a 14-12, 11-9 winner against Jean and is a record for the most games in a Wimbledon women’s final ever.
Both were amongst the top ten tennis player ranking followed by Australian tennis player Margaret Smith who showed some resistance. The list of female winners and runner-ups of Wimbledon Open tennis championship during 1969-1960 is as follow:
Year 1969-Wimbledon Open
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1969: Ann Haydon Jones
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1969: Billie Jean King
Year 1968-Wimbledon Open
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1968: Billie Jean King
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1968: Judy Tegart
Year 1967-Wimbledon Open
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1967: Billie Jean King
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1967: Ann Jones
Year 1966-Wimbledon Open
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1966: Billie Jean King
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1966: Maria Bueno
Year 1965-Wimbledon Open
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1965: Margaret Smith
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1965: Maria Bueno
Year 1964-Wimbledon Open
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1964: Maria Bueno
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1964: Margaret Smith
Year 1963-Wimbledon Open
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1963: Margaret Smith
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1963: Billie Jean
Year 1962-Wimbledon Open
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1962: Karen Susman
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1962: Vera Sukova
Year 1961-Wimbledon Open
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1961: Angela Mortimer
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1961: Christine Truman
Year 1960-Wimbledon Open
- Wimbledon Open winner (female)-1960: Maria Bueno
- Wimbledon Open runner-up (female)-1960: Sandra Reynolds
The women’s singles Tennis rules have changed over the period of time since the first edition. The event, since the commencement, has been played on the knock out format which means that any player who fails to win even a single match will exit from entering the next round. For women, the French Open format comprised of three sets only for the decider. The best of twelve point tie break was introduced in the women French Open singles title in 1973 for the first two sets to decide the match in the third and final set.
Although many players have shown outstanding skills on the French Open court but very few have been able to win without losing a set. This feat was achieved by Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1971, Billie Jean King in 1972, Chris Evert in 1974, Steffi Graf in 1988, Aranrxa Sanchez Vicario in 1994 and Henin did it twice, first in 2006 and then in 2007. Monica Seles and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario won the French Open Championship title for three times. It was only in 2011 when a Chinese player Li Na became the first Chinese player ever in the history (male or female) to win a Grand Slam singles title and that too the French Open.
The era of 1979-1970 in women French Open tennis tournaments has been a decade of famous tennis players like Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Margaret Smith-Court. Among these famous female tennis players, Chris Evert ruled this era in French Open Championship. The list of female winners and runner-ups of French Open tennis championship during 1979-1970 is as follow:
Playing doubles series in Wimbledon mandates a great amount of harmonization and understanding between the two partners. Doubles Championship in Wimbledon tennis tournaments are as admired and attractive as the singles. Winning a doubles Championship in tennis is a greater accomplishment than Singles victory. Doubles category needs a great amount of commitment, willpower and perseverance from both the tennis players. It requires a great deal of brilliance and immediate response to any kind of movements. Doubles Championship in Wimbledon may be a mixed category where a male and female have to be partners in the game. The doubles series involves the ladies’, gentlemen’s and mixed doubles. There are many hit pairs in the doubles tennis category. There are other types of doubles category where the game is played between a set of male or female tennis players on either side. Despite the presence of a larger group of tennis players only select few seasoned players who had paired up were able to make it to the top ten lists of tennis players in the Wimbledon Doubles’ Championship game. Given below is the top ten pairs of female doubles Champions with most titles in the Wimbledon Doubles Championship tournaments.
- Suzanne Lenglen/Elizabeth Ryan
- Rosie Casals/Billie Jean King
- Martina Navrátilová/Pam Shriver
- Maria Bueno/Darlene Hard
- Louise Brough/Margaret DuPont
- Rosie Casals/Billie Jean King
- Gigi Fernandez/Natasha Zvereva
- Jana Novotná/Helena Suková
- Kathy Jordan/Anne Smith
- Billie Jean King/Martina Navrátilová
This set of women have played together and won a record by winning the most titles in the Wimbledon tennis. These pair of players is the champs and has lot of titles and victories to their credits. The top pairs have proved to be a dependable set of players and have in them a great deal of coordination and understanding which is very necessary for winning the doubles Wimbledon championship deals.
Grass court playing is absolutely a diverse experience and varies to a large extent from other courts. Grass court games in tennis are one of the most renowned rounds of games that need an additional edge and ability to handle the difficult surfaces of the grass court. Speed and control over the ball are the two winning dots in a grass court tennis. The ground is a very dicey compared to other courts. The ball skips and bounces low and brings down the bouncing capacity of the ball. This makes it difficult for the players to have good control over the ball and of course, the game. Grass court games absolutely need the extra edge and dexterity on the side of the players. Wimbledon Championship, Ordina Open Championship, Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championship and the AEGON Championship are some of the professional tournaments played on the grass court surface. Though we can see the entry of lot many fresh contestant to the championship place every year, these ten famous female tennis players are considered as all time champions when it comes to grass court tennis. The greatest female tennis players listed below have managed to make it great in the grass court game.
- Martina Navratilova
- Helen Wills Moody
- Dorothea Douglass Lambert Chambers
- Steffi Graf
- Blanche Bingley
- Billie Jean King
- Suzanne Lenglen
- Charlotte Cooper Sterry
- Lottie Dod
- Venus Williams
These are the top ten best female tennis players who have carved a spot for themselves in the world of Grass Court tennis. These top ten players truly posses total power and authority over the game. Grass Court players must have an amazing speed and should be able to reach the ball quicker. These ten champs had incessantly won the title in the grass court tennis category and have been the best in the grass court games.
The epic battles fought at Wimbledon between two greatest ever women tennis players are enough to create a rivalry, as much between their fans as between the players. One of the greatest rivalries in the tournaments history, at least in the opinion of many, was the ongoing feud for dominance between famous female tennis players Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert (Lloyd). Evert was a great player on the baseline, while Martina had what many consider the finest serve-volley game in the sport’s history. Their personalities even seemed to conflict. Still, both were players of the highest caliber and those privileged to watch these two tennis titans wage their on-court battles got more than their money’s worth.
The two played against one another eight times beginning in 1973 and running through 1988. The rivalry, if it had a beginning, began at Wimbledon in 1978. She won her first single’s title there, taking that honorific away from Chris Evert. In the 80s, their rivalry became a focal point of the world of professional tennis. If the two were in a tournament, the hottest tickets were those that would seat you at one of their matches. Their on-court sparring and off court sniping, instead of driving away fans, seemed to intrigue them. The fan base for tennis, overall, underwent major growth during the height of the greatest tennis Evert-Navratilova rivalry.
In the course of their rivalry, the two faced off in fourteen Grand Slam finals, and Evert lost ten of them. Navratilova holds a 47-37 lead over Evert for their total count. Martina, best on grass and Evert better on clay, often seemed to be victimized by the playing surfaces of the tournaments. While Martina did wallop Chris 5-0 in Wimbledon (grass), it is important to remember that Chris managed to hold her own in other arenas using grass or artificial surfaces. In those instances, they tied at five all.
While they were often at odds on the court, and were perhaps not the best of friends off of them, the two had a mutual respect and admiration for one another. Their rivalry, and the media attention it received, inspired the aggressive style and dominant play of many of today’s great young women tennis players. So, in a way, we as tennis lovers ended up being the real winners.