Billie Jean King has been an ambassador for Women’s tennis throughout her career as she spent most of her professional days trying to get women equal rights and despite all her efforts, the women of tennis community are still being judged on their physical appearances.
"It makes me sick" Billie Jean said. The 12-time Grand Slam winner even won the “Battle of the Sexes” as she beat former men’s no 1, Bobby Riggs in 1973 in order to help women’s rights in the game take substantial leap forward.
However, 42 years on from her famous victory, Billie Jean thinks that things have not changed a bit. "When I played Bobby Riggs, do you realize that [former commentator] Howard Cosell talked about my looks the whole time? And they're still doing the same thing.
They still talk about their looks." Despite all her efforts for Women’s tennis - things have hardly changed in the game as she spoke directly about a published article regarding Serena Williams in July after the American won Wimbledon.
"That drove me crazy - confessed Billie Jean - So what? Stop evaluating us. I mean, she is probably the all-time great. So stop it. Talk about her accomplishments. Let's evaluate Tom Brady's body. I mean, did you see him in the combines [the NFL's preseason scouting and training program]?" Also Read: Mary Pierce named WTA Finals Ambassador