“King and Queen of Tennis”: Chris Evert, Hillary Clinton, and Others Wish Billie Jean King on Her Special Day

Published 11/22/2021, 9:23 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 18: Tennis player Billie Jean King on stage during MOMA’s Contenders Screening of “Battle of the Sexes” at MOMA on December 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for Museum of Modern Art, Department of Film)


There were, are, and will be many legends in tennis, but none would be above the great Billie Jean King. Not only did she inspire the world with her tennis racquet, but she also became the pioneer of women’s tennis that is today. And today, this 39 combined Grand Slam titles champion and the founder of Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) celebrates her 78th birthday. Naturally, Twitter floods with wishes for her.

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Famously, King once won the Battle of the Sexes against American tennis legend Bobby Riggs. Since then, she has diligently worked to improve the status of women tennis players. At 78, she is not looking forward to stopping anytime soon.

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What’s most interestingly, the former World No.1 shared a message on her birthday. The legend concluded, “I’m not done yet!”

Accordingly, many personalities from tennis and outside shared their love for King. These include Chris Evert, Boris Becker, Hillary Clinton, Katrina Adams, Rennae Stubbs, Craig Tiley, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Britni de la Cretaz, Jayna Hefford, Tara Slone, Sara Spain, and many others.

Hillary Clinton, Chris Evert, and others wish Billie Jean King on her 78th birthday

First of all, the 18 Grand Slam singles titles champion wished her friend on Twitter. Chris Evert wrote, “A big Happy Birthday to the King and Queen of tennis, Billie Jean King, who continues to inspire every generation with her wisdom and her passion.”

Furthermore, the Former United States Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, wished her another joyful trip around the sun.

Without any doubt, Billie Jean King encouraged millions of people on and off the court. On her 78th birthday, they all came in together to remind her that.

As King said, “I’m not done yet,” fans hope to see her shape the future of tennis. But above all, she continues to be a living example of courage, strength, and heart.

King’s tennis career milestones

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Notably, King had been the World’s No.1 in both singles and doubles. Moreover, she won 129 career titles, out of which 67 came in the Open Era.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 30: Billie Jean King speaks to the crowd prior to the match between Naomi Osaka of Japan and Marie Bouzkova of Czech Republic during their women’s singles first round match on Day One of the 2021 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Also, King won the Fed Cup seven times as a player and four times as a captain. Fascinatingly, the 1.64m tall legend is also the shortest player to win a Grand Slam.

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Hopefully, King will continue to build her legacy and keep inspiring the world with her passion. And Happy Birthday!

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Senior Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 1000 tennis articles.

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