ESPN, ABC: Did Bobby Riggs throw his match against Billy Jean King?

posted at 9:01 pm on August 27, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Forty years ago, the battle of the sexes took a more literal turn in the world of sports, and captured the imagination of the country — and the world.  By then a fading star in men’s tennis, Bobby Riggs challenged rising women’s tennis star Billie Jean King to a three-set match to settle whether women could compete against men on an even field.  But how even was the field?  ESPN and ABC report that Riggs may have thrown the match in cahoots with the Mafia:

The “Battle of the Sexes,” a 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and a former Grand Slam champion, was rigged by the mob, according to a new report.

The tennis match between King and the late Bobby Riggs, a former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champ, was a spectacle watched by millions around the world Sept. 20, 1973. More than 30,000 people packed the Houston Astrodome to see whether King, 29 at the time, could defeat a man.

King beat Riggs, who was 55 at the time of the match, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. The win gave women’s tennis a huge boost in terms of respect and gender equality, but an ESPN “Outside the Lines” report says the whole match was fixed because Riggs owed mobsters more than $100,000 and threw the match to erase the debt.

If you weren’t around for this, it may be difficult to relate just what a big deal this match was.  From schoolyards to business offices, people chose sides and argued vehemently about the possible outcomes and the relative skills of the two professional athletes.  Those who cheered for Riggs became known (mostly by choice) as “Rigg’s Pigs,” a reference to the insult “male chauvinist pigs” thrown at those opposed to the feminist movement at the time.  Riggs, who certainly knew how to promote the match, cut a deal with Sugar Daddy candies, if I recall correctly, and surrounded himself with a bevy of beautiful women to stoke interest.  The match itself drew 90 million viewers worldwide, making it one of the most-watched sporting events ever, and easily the most-watched tennis match in the US at least to that time.

This report is based on one overheard conversation from months earlier, one that didn’t even involve Riggs.  That makes it a little thin, and for her part, King vehemently denies that Riggs threw the match:

“I was on the court with Bobby and I know he was not tanking the match. I could see in his eyes and body language he wanted to win,” she said.

“It was 40 years ago and I won the match and I am 100 percent sure Bobby wanted to win as badly as I did. Those who bet against me lost money but the result is the same today as it was 40 years ago.”

Riggs’ son Larry admits that his father knew mobsters at the time, and allows that it might be “possible” that they talked to Riggs about the game. However, I’m pretty skeptical about this, and not just because the intense media spotlight on the game would have made it more difficult to pull off.  Riggs was almost twice the age of King at the time of this match, 55 years old to her 29, and both were world-class athletes.  Even today, when 55 is a lot younger than it used to be, a 29-year-old woman on a tennis court will have fresher legs and more stamina than a 55-year-old man, especially one who threw himself more into promotion than practice in the weeks leading up to the match.  In retrospect, Riggs seems fortunate to have made it as competitive as he did, losing in three straight sets and two service breaks down in each of the final two sets.

For those who weren’t around at the time, Bob Costa had a good recap in his book And the Crowd Goes Wild:


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I was watching re-runs of Star Trek back then..

:)

Electrongod on August 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Wouldn’t surprise me if he did.

In most sports the best professional female athletes have trouble competing against third and fourth tier professional male athletes. In some cases they can’t compete at all even at that level.

farsighted on August 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Meh, Chris Evert could have taken both of them.

cozmo on August 27, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Did Bobby Riggs throw his match against Billy Jean King?

Yes.

22044 on August 27, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Wasn’t Billy Jean King who sparked my personal interest in women’s tennis.

It was Maria Sharapova.

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 9:11 PM

All I want to know is:

Did BJ King scream and grunt?

egmont on August 27, 2013 at 9:14 PM

Bah. Riggs made more than enough in appearance fees around that time -probably on Carson alone- to hand any mob guy a gym bag with a hundred large. He probably made ten times that in exhibition matches after the King match.

M240H on August 27, 2013 at 9:15 PM

Speaking of tennis:

US Open Tennis Championships 2013

USA’s Victoria Duval, age 17, upsets 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur in the 1st round at the US Open – @NBCSports

57 mins ago by editor

canopfor on August 27, 2013 at 9:17 PM

To quote the now deceased King of Pop…”Billy Jean, She Was More Like A Beauty Queen From A Movie Scene.”

Ummm, sorry Michael…no, she wasn’t.

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Battle of the sexes? Really?
A butch les vs a gay wimp – who cares….

dentarthurdent on August 27, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Yes, he threw it, but not for any mobsters. He may have given them a head’s up though. He went in the tank for the rematch. If he beat the snot out of King, as he was perfectly capable of doing had he tried, like he did Court then it would have taken the interest out of any further matches. Evert sure the heck was going to get involved in any battle of the sexes. There was no one left to play.

Rocks on August 27, 2013 at 9:20 PM

The “Battle of the Sexes,” a 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and a former Grand Slam champion, was rigged by the mob, according to a new report.
=============================

The MOB threw MAN,under the bus,its unconscionable!!!!
(sarc)

canopfor on August 27, 2013 at 9:22 PM

I was in 5th grade at the time and that match was a HUGE deal. I remember that there was talk even back then that Riggs could have won if he had really wanted to. After all, he whipped Margaret Court just a short time before, therefore he must have tanked the BJK match for financial reasons. Or, maybe that was just the way we boys consoled ourselves as the 5th grade girls rubbed it in our faces.

grgeil on August 27, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Bobby Riggs threw the match. Why may remain an open question for all time, but he definitely threw it.

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 9:27 PM

IIRC, Riggs had to cover the doubles court as well. King was only playing the singles court.

KCB on August 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

All I know is I was sick and tired of the names Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King by the time it was all over with. And then some.

It didn’t prove anything except he was 55 years old and she was 29. If she’d gone against a man her own age and skill, would she have won that match? And what would it have proved? If she’d won, it wouldn’t have been her gender that won anything, just her skill. If he’d won, it would be the same thing.

Pah.

theotherone on August 27, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Who knows? But forget the sex angle. I think the age factor would have won it for King, if nothing else. I wasn’t aware Riggs was that much older than her, but, as a boy at the time, I paid only passing attention to it.

rickv404 on August 27, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Or, maybe that was just the way we boys consoled ourselves as the 5th grade girls rubbed it in our faces.

grgeil on August 27, 2013 at 9:26 PM

By the time they turned 18, you’d have jumped at the chance.

:-)

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Whether Bobby threw it or not, a 55-year old guy is going to lose to a 29-year old dyke, any day of the week.

TXUS on August 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Riggs was almost twice the age of King at the time of this match, 55 years old to her 29, and both were world-class athletes. Even today, when 55 is a lot younger than it used to be, a 29-year-old woman on a tennis court will have fresher legs and more stamina than a 55-year-old man, especially one who threw himself more into promotion than practice in the weeks leading up to the match.

If you read the Free Beacon, you would know what ABC and ESPN left out:

The story is filled with fascinating nuggets. Like JVL, I hadn’t realized that Riggs trounced—just absolutely crushed, in straight sets, giving up only three games over two sets—Margaret Court, then the most dominant* women’s player in the world, just a few months before playing King. Whereas he trained long and hard for the exhibition against Court, he slacked off before going to battle with Billie Jean. Riggs’ son was so angry with his lackadaisical approach he apparently wagered on King to win—and he wasn’t even in on the fix.

So the 55 year old Riggs crushed Court three months earlier but his age was why he couldn’t beat King? That’s just plain silly. And maybe the reason he was doing more promoting than practicing was because it he was throwing the game.

Dusty on August 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

However, I’m pretty skeptical about this, and not just because the intense media spotlight on the game would have made it more difficult to pull off.

This is pretty naive too. Head to head sports are the easiest to convincingly tank. Tennis is among the easiest along with bowling and pool. In a game of inches near misses become very easy.

The announcers during the match spent a good part of it wondering when the actual Riggs was going to show up. He never did.

Rocks on August 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Whether Bobby threw it or not, a 55-year old guy is going to lose to a 29-year old lesbo, any day of the week.

TXUS on August 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Next they’ll be telling us that wrestling is fake.

myiq2xu on August 27, 2013 at 9:35 PM

i remember when some heckler called her a d*ke when she was playing a match and BJK flipped the guy off. that picture made the news back then. I don’t remember this match, then again, i could give a rat’s ass about tennis.

ted c on August 27, 2013 at 9:40 PM

As they allow transgender people and cross dressers to play sports with people of their chosen gender let’s just combine all people into one group. No more men’s and no more women’s sports. I doubt too many Billy Jean Kings will see the light of too many championships again. How about it ladies?

CW on August 27, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Whether Bobby threw it or not, a 55-year old guy is going to lose to a 29-year old lesbo, any day of the week.

TXUS on August 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Not for a guy who has talent and is in shape. 29 – 30 is the downside for the career of a female athlete.

Rocks on August 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

There is a way to settle this once and for all.

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

There is a way to settle this once and for all.

Bmore on August 27, 2013 at 9:42 PM

:)

Do tell.

Electrongod on August 27, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Of course he did. She could never win.

faraway on August 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Not for a guy who has talent and is in shape. 29 – 30 is the downside for the career of a female athlete.

Rocks on August 27, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Take your top 64 tennis players. 32 from each sex . Make it male vs female . Probably be lucky to see one woman make it to the sweet 16.

CW on August 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

I feel like burning my bra.

John the Libertarian on August 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM

As many have said – Riggs crushed Court just a few months before. It was a fixed match to earn money.

The only question is if the mob was involved or not. Who cares.

There is a reason why Serena Williams said, without question: Roddick would kill me 6-0 in straight sets. It’s also why 50+ year old McEnroe has said he would throttle Williams… or any female player on top of their game.

Tennis is like golf, a 55+ year old can beat people 20-30 years younger due to skill, regardless of “stamina and leg strength.”

Odie1941 on August 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM

If you read the Free Beacon, you would know what ABC and ESPN left out:

The story is filled with fascinating nuggets. Like JVL, I hadn’t realized that Riggs trounced—just absolutely crushed, in straight sets, giving up only three games over two sets—Margaret Court, then the most dominant* women’s player in the world, just a few months before playing King. Whereas he trained long and hard for the exhibition against Court, he slacked off before going to battle with Billie Jean. Riggs’ son was so angry with his lackadaisical approach he apparently wagered on King to win—and he wasn’t even in on the fix.

So the 55 year old Riggs crushed Court three months earlier but his age was why he couldn’t beat King? That’s just plain silly. And maybe the reason he was doing more promoting than practicing was because it he was throwing the game.

Dusty on August 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Yeah, I think Ed is overstating the whole thing. At the time pretty much everybody thought it was a joke. Even the media, which was somewhat less PC back then, treated it that way. Wouldn’t surprise me to hear it was fixed-there were a lot of funny things going on in pro tennis back then.

Dreadnought on August 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM

It was Maria Sharapova.

coldwarrior on August 27, 2013 at 9:11 PM

Definitely has fine form.

arnold ziffel on August 27, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Whether Bobby threw it or not, a 55-year old guy is going to lose to a 29-year old lesbo, any day of the week.

TXUS on August 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Riggs trounced—just absolutely crushed, in straight sets, giving up only three games over two sets—Margaret Court, then the most dominant* women’s player in the world, just a few months before playing King.

It really does sound like he threw it and could easily have won.

sharrukin on August 27, 2013 at 9:48 PM

IIRC, Riggs had to cover the doubles court as well. King was only playing the singles court.

KCB on August 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Yup.
And he was an aging has-been who apparently cooked this up to make money.
Battle of the Sexes?
Fooey.
Let the top male star play the top female star with equal rules. It would be a blow-out & everyone knows it.

itsnotaboutme on August 27, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Head to head sports are the easiest to convincingly tank. Tennis is among the easiest … In a game of inches near misses become very easy.

Rocks on August 27, 2013 at 9:33 PM

This is true. Handicapped amateur tennis tournaments, where there are flights determined by alleged playing ability and prizes worth some real money at stake, are notorious for sandbagging by contestants who try to get handicapped as worse players than they really are.

farsighted on August 27, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Sure.

Young phenom (in the early 1980′s) Andrea Jaeger admitted to throwing matches as well because her heart wasn’t in it. She is now a nun and doing great work.

SouthernGent on August 27, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Take your top 64 tennis players. 32 from each sex . Make it male vs female . Probably be lucky to see one woman make it to the sweet 16.

CW on August 27, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Karsten Braasch vs. the Williams sisters

A fourth event dubbed a “Battle of the Sexes” took place during the 1998 Australian Open[20] between Karsten Braasch and the Williams sisters. Venus and Serena Williams, aged 17 and 16 respectively, had claimed that they could beat any male player ranked below 200, so Braasch, then ranked 203rd, challenged them both. The matches took place on court number 12 in Melbourne Park.[21] Braasch first took on Venus and beat her 6–2. He then played Serena and won 6–1.[22] Braasch said afterwards, “500 and above, no chance”. He added that he had played like someone ranked 600th in order to keep the game “fun.”[23]
Other matches

In December 2003, Yannick Noah and Justine Henin played a friendly at the Forest National in Brussels. Noah donned a dress for much of the match. He played predominantly trick shots and slices, but still ended up winning 4–6, 6–4, 7–6.[24]

In 2013, Andy Murray responded to a Twitter user who asked whether he would consider challenging Serena Williams, saying “I’d be up for it. Why not?” Williams also reacted positively to the suggestion, remarking “That would be fun. I doubt I’d win a point, but that would be fun.”[25

Serena is right, she wouldn’t take a point of a guy in the top ten. She would be lucky to take a game of a guy in the top 100.
I doubt the number one female tennis player in the world could beat an above average college level male amateur.

Rocks on August 27, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Keep in mind “old man” Riggs beat Margaret Court two weeks earlier in a match that wasn’t even close. And Court was ranked #1 at the time. Any bets on Pete Sampras vs Serena Williams? Didn’t think so.

devan95 on August 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Battle of the sexes? Really?
A butch les vs a gay wimp – who cares….

dentarthurdent on August 27, 2013 at 9:19 PM

????????

Riggs wasn’t gay.

Dreadnought on August 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Considering he absolutely CRUSHED Margaret Court, then the #1 in the world, shortly before, it’s a possibility. What I vividly remember is the Old Man, no tennis fan, but a degenerate gambler, was livid and absolutely thought Riggs tanked it. Boy, that was a rough week at home.

teacherman on August 27, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Not as noteworthy as the Farrah Fawcett vs. Dick Van Patten match on Battle of the Network Stars a few years later.

Mr. D on August 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

sharrukin I did not know that.

Interesting.

Bobby Riggs v Margaret Court

Probably the most famous tennis battle of the sexes took place in 1973, between Bobby Riggs, winner of the Wimbledon men’s singles title in 1939, who was aged 55 and still playing some tennis in 1973 but was well past his prime. He defeated female player Margaret Court in a match on Mother’s Day 1973, the score 6-2. 6-1. Court had achieved the Grand Slam in 1970, so was at her peak.

CW on August 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Ha ha ha

Karsten Braasch v the Williams Sisters

During the 1998 Australian Open, sisters Serena and Venus Williams boasted that they could beat any man ranked outside the world’s top 200. The challenge was accepted by Karsten Braasch, a German player ranked No 203 (his highest ranking was No 38). before the matches, Braasch played a round of golf in the morning, drank a couple of beers, smoked a few cigarettes, and then played the Williams sisters for a set each, one after the other. He defeated Serena, 6-1, and Venus, 6-2. Serena said afterwards “I didn’t know it would be that hard. I hit shots that would have been winners on the women’s tour and he got to them easily.”

CW on August 27, 2013 at 9:58 PM

sharrukin I did not know that.

Interesting.

Bobby Riggs v Margaret Court

Probably the most famous tennis battle of the sexes took place in 1973, between Bobby Riggs, winner of the Wimbledon men’s singles title in 1939, who was aged 55 and still playing some tennis in 1973 but was well past his prime. He defeated female player Margaret Court in a match on Mother’s Day 1973, the score 6-2. 6-1. Court had achieved the Grand Slam in 1970, so was at her peak.

CW on August 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

I didn’t either but it does clearly illustrate something was very wrong with what we thought happened. I think he threw the game, though the reasons may be other than what is suggested here.

sharrukin on August 27, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Do womyn libbers demand men and women play in the same sports leagues? Weirdly I don’t see much of a movement.

CW on August 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Bobby Riggs challenged rising women’s tennis star Billie Jean King to a three-set match to settle whether women could compete against men on an even field. But how even was the field?

Sadly, it wasn’t “even” from the get-go. King was able to hit into a doubles court, Riggs had to play into the singles court. I never understood why they did that. King may very well have been able to beat the geezer on an even playing field. The way they set it up, it was an admission from the start that a woman couldn’t compete on even terms with a man.

P Opus on August 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

King was able to hit into a doubles court, Riggs had to play into the singles court.
P Opus on August 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Kind of similar to the MSM’s treatment of the Obama Presidency.

CW on August 27, 2013 at 10:11 PM

P Opus on August 27, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Actually, that wasn’t the case. King and Riggs played straight up. Connors/Navratilova played under those rules. Connors also only had one serve per point during his serve. He still won in straight sets.

Rocks on August 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM

However, I’m pretty skeptical about this, and not just because the intense media spotlight on the game would have made it more difficult to pull off.


( F A C E P A L M )

The “intense media spotlight” of the day turned a completely blind eye to 99.9999 % of mob related activities back in 1973, Ed.

The Horse races were on every Saturday afternoon and presented as an opportunity for the “smart handicapper” to prove his keen understanding of the sport.

Boxing, which was far more widespread back then, was said to be the “sweet science” and the “attitude” displayed by Muhammad Ali was considered a stain upon the sport.

With all due respect, were/are you really this naive?

PolAgnostic on August 27, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Battle of the Network Stars a few years later.

Mr. D on August 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM


Now that was MUST WATCH TV!!!

(Farrah wore a Speedo suit for the swimming events)

PolAgnostic on August 27, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I was watching re-runs of Star Trek back then..

:)

Electrongod on August 27, 2013 at 9:07 PM

…just was at the thread above this!….2 baby!

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Did Riggs throw the match?

My Dad was a top level amateur tennis player from the mid ’20s through the mid ’50s, and had played against, and knew, Riggs, Budge, Vines, Malloy, Lacoste, Tilden and most of the professional and top amateur players of those decades.

Having watched Riggs demolish Margaret Court (who my Dad thought a better player than King), Dad always maintained Riggs had thrown the match.

CatoRenasci on August 27, 2013 at 10:21 PM

The match proved nothing. A top 10 male player can beat any top 10 female player in virtually every sport.

echosyst on August 27, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Did Riggs throw the match?

My Dad was a top level amateur tennis player from the mid ’20s through the mid ’50s, and had played against, and knew, Riggs, Budge, Vines, Malloy, Lacoste, Tilden and most of the professional and top amateur players of those decades.

Having watched Riggs demolish Margaret Court (who my Dad thought a better player than King), Dad always maintained Riggs had thrown the match.

CatoRenasci on August 27, 2013 at 10:21 PM

TRUTH TO POWER!!!

williamg on August 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM

By that time Riggs was old, slow and fat so even if he threw the match he didn’t have to try too hard. If the Mafia is involved as in so many sports (practically expected in horse racing and boxing) then it certainly wouldn’t surprise me.

Had the match-up been King against someone of Rod Laver caliber that probably would have been the shortest match in game history… and to be blunt had a similar match later had involved Navritilova versus somebody the gender classification would, to be blunt, be pushing either / or.

viking01 on August 27, 2013 at 10:39 PM

I saw a few volleys. Yeah he looked like he tanked some easy ones.

jake49 on August 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM

I saw the match. Yes he tanked it and most people thought the same.

Vince on August 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM

People thought it was tanked all along. The new element is the testimony of this guy who held his tongue for decades.

That added piece of evidence makes it a slam dunk.

Pythagoras on August 27, 2013 at 11:39 PM

I was 12 at the time and told my dad I thought Riggs was playing like a woman and not trying very hard to win, so why is this coming out 40 years later?

JeffinSac on August 27, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Riggs wasn’t gay.

Dreadnought on August 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Could have fooled me.
He sure as heck wasn’t the manliest of men…..

dentarthurdent on August 28, 2013 at 12:03 AM

I saw the match as a child and even my Lesbian aunt Rhonda said Riggs threw the match. I should add that she was an athlete and really didn’t like men. She was however nuts about Hillary Clinton.

Mason on August 28, 2013 at 12:04 AM

However, I’m pretty skeptical about this, and not just because the intense media spotlight on the game would have made it more difficult to pull off.

Not for a guy who had a strong reputation among his peers for “carrying” weaker opponents in pro / exhibition matches, such that if he wiped someone out, that was a point of pride for them, as it showed that the great Bobby Riggs regarded them as potentially dangerous. Jack Kramer, who admired Riggs, didn’t see anything wrong with this, at least not in print. It was just part of the pro scene and Riggs: if Riggs wasn’t specifically in “all out mode”, once he turned pro he was throwing points and games all the time, to make empty mismatches seem “real” and “exciting”.

David Blue on August 28, 2013 at 1:11 AM

Given Riggs’ habit of faking through his career, if someone put up money for him to throw a match, it would need an amazing story to make it credible that he didn’t throw it. And in this case there is no such story.

David Blue on August 28, 2013 at 1:15 AM

I watched the match. It had the feel of a wrestling match.

rhombus on August 28, 2013 at 6:26 AM

I said at the time Riggs threw the game. My opinion hasn’t changed.

oldleprechaun on August 28, 2013 at 7:01 AM

It was a fun day for all. And yes she could have won on skill. Did he tank it?

Who knows, who cares.

We are in debt, in a recession that won’t go away until 2016 at least and the idiot in charge is going to throw bombs at a bad guy who is killing AQ terrorists in droves.

archer52 on August 28, 2013 at 9:51 AM

In retrospect, Riggs seems fortunate to have made it as competitive as he did, losing in three straight sets and two service breaks down in each of the final two sets.

That really isn’t true at all. Riggs easily beat Margaret Court (one of the few players to win the Grand Slam just three years before) earlier that year and it was a huge surprise how noncompetitive the match was. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the match was thrown. Riggs seemed very up and down during it – lackadaisical at some points and fiery at others.

Long Legged MacDaddy on August 28, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Riggs tanked it for sure. Keep in mind that The “Battle of the Sexes” was initially slated to be 3 matches. Riggs annihilated Court in the first, so – had he done the same to King, it would have been the end of it. The promoters spent YEARS trying to get Navratlova to play various men, including McEnroe and Nastase – she refused because they “weren’t dignified enough.” She finally got onto the court in 1992 with Jimmy Connors – who proceeded to destroy her.

PJ Emeritus on August 28, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Throw the match? Perhaps.
The results did bring up the purse levels in womens tennis at the time.
I do recall that (I think it was) John McEnroe said at the time … in light of Ms. Kings and her supporters blustering after the match, that the man ranked at 100 could beat the top ranked women any day on any surface.
It was surprising how the media and the professional women tennis stars kept quiet on this challenge.
But womens tennis is nice to watch.

Missilengr on August 28, 2013 at 1:32 PM