Margaret Court's husband has hit back at Billie Jean King and others who called for her name to be taken off the Australian Open arena. The former tennis champion was embroiled in controversy last year when she spoke out against marriage equality. Her comments provoked calls to change the name of the Margaret Court Arena, in Melbourne , with Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova the latest tennis players to speak out in favour of the change. If I were playing today, I would not play on it,' Ms King said.
Margaret Court's husband hits back at Billie Jean King
Billie Jean King: Tennis star least of her important roles
King has been an outspoken advocate against sexism in sports and society. The tennis match for which the public best remembers her is the "Battle of the Sexes" in , in which she defeated Bobby Riggs , a former Wimbledon men's champion who had been one of the leading male players in the s and s. She was born into a conservative Methodist family, the daughter of a firefighter father  and housewife mother. Her younger brother Randy Moffitt grew up to become a professional baseball player, pitching for 12 years in the major leagues for the San Francisco Giants , Houston Astros , and Toronto Blue Jays.
The Legacy of Billie Jean King, an Athlete Who Demanded Equal Play
It's hard to believe that on Sept. It's also strange to think that back then women's tennis was widely dismissed as both a frilly sideshow and a menace to the status quo. When Ms.
Between and , Billie Jean King won a record 20 Wimbledon titles, including the singles in —8, —3, and She also won 13 US titles including four singles , four French titles one singles , and two Australian titles one singles. The match drew considerable publicity and before a worldwide television audience of some 50 million, King beat Riggs , ,