Battle of the Sexes September 20, 1973 Bobby Riggs, one of the world’s top tennis players in the 1940s, claimed in 1973 that the female game was inferior and that he could still beat any of the top female players. Billie Jean King accepted hislucrative financial offer to play against him in a nationally televised match that the promoters dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes”. The match had an estimated 90 million viewers worldwide. King defeated him:6–4, 6–3, 6–3.
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