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  • Billie Jean King Accomplishments

    tournaments and worked as a tennis instructor in order to help herself financially (“Filmmaker Essay: On Billie Jean King”). In 1965, Billie Jean married Larry King, who was a law student at the time (“Billie Jean King Biography”). Billie Jean decided that she needed to step up her practice schedule and began a complete training plan that would work on strengthening her fundamentals, which would lead to her winning many titles (“Billie Jean King Biography”). This training plan and hard work would change her life forever. Billie Jean King was the first to do many things in women’s tennis, which made her the best tennis player and most prominent activist of her time. According to, in 1966, she won her first major singles championship at Wimbledon, and she successfully defended that title for two years in a row. Billie Jean became the first female athlete to win over $100,000 in one year (“Billie Jean King”). For a total of 17 years, Billie Jean King was ranked in the top ten in the world, and during that time, she was ranked number one in the world five times (“Billie Jean King”). Both of those accomplishments are some that very few could achieve during her time. She won 39 grand slam titles, putting her at third on the all-time list, winning 20 of her titles at Wimbledon (“Billie Jean King”). In 1973, Billie Jean King was Sports Illustrated “Sports Person of the Year,” and she was the first woman to be awarded this title (“Filmmaker Essay: On Billie Jean…

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  • Lack Of Diversity In Tennis Essay

    American Tennis Association. In 1950, Gibson played her first professional tennis match in Queens, New York. In her first round, she defeated Barbara Knapp, a white female player but lost to Louise Brough, another white female player in her second match. Throughout both rounds, racial slurs spewed from racist spectators, who for the first time saw an African-American person playing the game in a non-recreational setting (“Racism and Black Tennis”). Despite the slurs and insults, Althea Gibson…

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  • My Dad Influenced My Life Essay

    Back in the Summer of 2010 , my mom got laid off and could not find a job no matter where she applied. I remember seeing her sit on the couch all day just applying to places but no one was hiring at the time. But , that was no excuse for my dad he went out there and worked as much overtime as he could just to be able to support my family while my mom was unemployed. When it came to sports he was always viewing things in a positive way. I lost my first ever championship game when I was 15 in our…

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  • Personal Narrative: Football In High School

    the same, we were unstoppable. As the season went on we were drawing more attention to our school to the point where local critics were for us for once. You could say the attention was getting to us because we weren’t use to having a winning season. It was time for playoffs and our reputation was through the roof. I for one was having the best time of my life. The playoffs went by fast and the wins kept coming. At this point the championship game was just around corner something my school…

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  • What's The Difference Between Venus And Serena Williams

    From the swing of the racket to the way they move across the court, Venus and Serena Williams are both brilliant tennis players. Both sisters are equally successful in their lives outside of tennis, but their careers in the game are very different from each other. Venus Williams was born on June seventeenth, 1980 making her the older sister in the dynamic tennis duo. Her younger sister, Serena, was born on September twenty-sixth, 1981. Both girls were enrolled at Rick Macci’s Tennis Academy…

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  • Personal Narrative: My First Super Bowl

    1967: The first Super Bowl “Bee-do, bee-do, dee-do,” My alarm clock goes off and another day begins. I slump out of bed as my feet hit the floor. Just another boring day in Los Angeles, just another day of work. My phone goes off and reads “Hey Sharron. Today’s the big day, are you excited? - Tori,” I spin around frantically as I remember what today is. It wasn’t just any old day, I was going to watch the first World Championship football game! It could be a day that people years from now talk…

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  • Reflection Paper On Soft Tennis

    However, the balls were expensive to import, and Japanese manufacturers were unable to duplicate them, so they made some few changes to better accommodate the Japanese tastes. Thus, a “rubber ball was produced as a substitute, and soon a new form of tennis developed using this softer ball” (Guttmann, 2001, pg. 229). This new game is known as nanshiki tenisu (soft tennis). This version of tennis uses a slightly different racket, which the players grips the handle differently, and the main form of…

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  • Best Tennis Player

    Selecting the best of the best in such a competitive sport like women's tennis is difficult to say the least. Yet again, there are those names that always come to mind when you think of this sport. They are the players that resisted the test of time in remaining at the top. The combination of good defense and offense positioned them at the highest in their times and helped them remain there for decades to come. Grand Slam titles There are four Grand Slams over the year: the Australian Open, the…

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  • Billie Jean King's 'Battle Of The Sexes'

    On September 20th, 1973 Women’s tennis champion Billie Jean King took on Men’s tennis champion Bobby Riggs in Houston, Texas in a winner take all $100,000 tennis match. The match was nationally televised and was named the “Battle of the Sexes”. King would defeat Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3, and become the first women to defeat a man in any sport. After the match, it is reported that Riggs “was devastated and isolated himself in his hotel room for four hours.” The match had an estimated 90 million…

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  • College Athletes Are Underpaid

    In the sports of women’s professional tennis and U.S. college football, athletes can often times be constructed as a body with a talent in athleticism, and at the same time be neglected in the acknowledgment of their citizenship through discourses, language, and institutional networks. In the sport of U.S. college football the athlete that is constituted by the network of institutions discourses, and languages as an overworked and underpaid laborer who is denied their ability to exercise their…

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