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Bobby Riggs

Bobby Riggs (Tennis.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, Feb. 25, 1918; died, Leucadi, CA, Oct. 25, 1995.)  At age 12, Robert Larimore Riggs began taking tennis lessons and, within six years, was the fourth-ranked player in the U.S.  In 1938, Riggs made the U.S. Davis Cup team.  The next year, he won the U.S. singles title […]

Dave Klein

Dave Klein (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, Mar. 10, 1940.)  Three times in six years, David S. Klein had his work chosen as the No. 1 submission to the Best Sports Stories anthology.  Klein was adjudged the winner in the national compendium in 1974 for his coverage of the Bobby Riggs-Billie Jean King tennis match in […]

Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King (Tennis.  Born, Long Beach, CA, Nov. 22, 1943.)  Long in the forefront of women’s tennis, Billie Jean King was a pioneer among women pro players and accomplished many significant breakthroughs for women in the sport.  She was the finest player of her day, being ranked as the U.S. No. 1 woman in […]

Chris Evert

Chris Evert (Tennis.  Born, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Dec. 21, 1954.)  Like most professional tennis players, Christine Marie Evert has played around the world. Indeed, she won all four “Grand Slam” events, including seven French Opens.  But most fans identify her with the U.S. Open, which she made her own almost from the first moment in […]

Margaret Smith Court

Margaret Smith Court (Tennis.  Born, Albury, New South Wales, Australia, July 16, 1942.)  Of all the great women tennis players, few have dominated the sport as much for as long as did Margaret Smith Court, who was the world’s No. 1 player seven times in 12 years from 1962-73, winning a record 24 singles titles […]

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