Billie Jean King

Born:
November 22, 1943
Place of Birth:
Long Beach, California
United States
Citizenship:
United States
Induction Category:
Recent Player
Year of Induction:
1987
Highest Ranking
World Singles Ranking: 1

Arguably the single most important female athlete of all time, Billie Jean King was forever looking and moving beyond herself toward higher aspirations. That was why the USTA was applauded by so many authorities for renaming its National Tennis Center after her in 2006. King had a multitude of successes on the court, winning 12 majors in singles, taking 39 Grand Slam tournaments in total. But she might have triumphed much more had her mind not been so fully occupied by pressing causes. The first ever President of the Women’s Tennis Association, King seldom took her eye off the big picture.

Grand Slam Record

Australian Championship

  • Singles Champion 1968
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1968

French Open

  • Singles Champion 1972
  • Doubles Champion 1972

Wimbledon

  • Singles Champion 1966-68, 1972-73, 1975
  • Doubles Champion 1961-62, 1965, 1967-68, 1970-73, 1979
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1967, 1971, 1973-74

US National Championship

  • Singles Champion 1967, 1971-72, 1974
  • Doubles Champion 1964, 1967, 1974, 1978, 1980
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1967, 1971, 1973, 1976

Career Achievements

  • Wightman Cup Team Member 1961-67, 1970, 1977-78
  • Fed Cup Team Member 1963-67, 1976-78
  • Fed Cup Team Captain 1965, 1976, 1995-96