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BJK, A Wild Woman Winner!

Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball. ~ Billie Jean King.

One of the greatest women tennis players of all time, BJK is a tireless advocate for gender equality and a social justice pioneer. Her fierce competitiveness and great athleticism led to a slew of awards and trophies, including 129 singles titles, and a place in the Tennis Hall of Fame. In 1973 she was a founder and first president of the Women's Tennis Association. That same year King elevated the recognition of women in sport by beating Bobby Riggs in the "Battle of the Sexes." In 1955, she was banned from a Junior Tennis group photo because she was wearing shorts instead of a skirt. These days, Billie Jean King wears whatever she wants, especially on her annual visit to her favorite Wimbledon coffee shop!

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