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‘History Will Be Made’ – Billie Jean King’s Excitement Hits the Roof as 2024 Paris Olympics Set for Revolutionary Reality

Published 11/21/2023, 6:29 AM EST

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The 2023 season provided mouth-watering action throughout the year for fans, with both legendary names and unexpected stars making their mark on the professional circuit. But there’s more in store for everyone in 2024! There will be another competition added to the chain of tennis tournaments next year. And that’s none other than the Olympics, the event that everyone waits for. While the whole tennis world is quite excited to participate in the Paris Olympics next year, recently amazing news regarding gender parity in participants took everyone by surprise, including Billie Jean King.

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Women have been allowed to participate in the iconic sporting event since the 1900 Paris Olympics. Now, after more than 120 years, the Olympics has finally achieved the landmark of having the same number of men and women participants. Unsurprisingly, the pioneer of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), Billie Jean King, who has constantly fought for equality, was elated with the news.

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For the first time in over a century, the Olympics will make history for a progressive move that will allow the same number of men and women to participate in the games. As soon as the news broke, the 79-year-old American tennis legend, who has worked hard to achieve equal rights for women in the sport, took to Twitter to celebrate.

She wrote, “History will be made in Paris next year when the @Olympics will feature the same number of women and men participating in the games.” 


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Along with that, she also quoted a post that provided further context about women’s history in the games. The post highlighted how women first competed in the 1900 Olympics, and now things have come full circle as the 2024 Paris Olympics will witness equal participation.

This will be the first Olympics that will achieve full gender parity in terms of participants. King, being one of the supporters of gender equality, is just amazed at how things have turned out. When King laid the foundation for the WTA, with eight other women players, in 1973, she would’ve certainly envisioned a world where men and women were treated equally in sports. Now, that dream has come one step closer with the Olympics committee’s landmark decision.

Coincidently, just a few days ago, the former world number one talked about the need for tennis players to give more respect and recognition to Olympics.

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Nearly a week ago, when the 12-time Grand Slam champion appeared on The Tennis Podcast, she talked about how the Olympics should be regarded in tennis. King highlighted how the tennis world needs to give the Olympics its due respect.

She said, “Whether people like it or not, everyone in the world just about understands the Olympics, if they don’t understand the sport. They understand what it means to get a gold medal, a silver metal, or a bronze. And I don’t think tennis people quite understand how important the Olympics are yet.”

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Written by:

Pratishtha Prakash


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Sports have been a part of my life right from my early childhood. I have carried an unquenchable desire to report on the fascinating developments in the off-court lives of the biggest tennis stars. I have written more than 1600 articles and covered a different aspect of the tennis world in almost every article.
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Tony Thomas