The battle of the sexes Trophy

Start Date: Sep 24, 2014

Finish Date: Mar 13, 2016

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The battle of the sexesCool

Bobby Riggs against Billy Jean KingLaughing

On this date in 1973, female tennis player Billie Jean King defeated male tennis player Bobby Riggs 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 at the Houston Astrodome. The defeat of Riggs by a female player would become one of the most famous tennis spectacles in history.

Riggs, known for his excessive braggadocio, saw the fabled match as a lucrative opportunity which would both bring him back into the limelight and promote the game of tennis. Although 55 years old at the time, he came out of retirement to challenge one of the world’s greatest female players to a match, publicly claiming that female sportsmanship was inferior and that even the best female player could not beat him despite his age.Smile

In the press-conferrence before the match Bobby Riggs saidLaughing“Billie Jean King is one of the all time tennis greats, she’s one of the superstars, she’s ready for the big one, but she doesn’t stand a chance against me, women’s tennis is so far beneath men’s tennis, that’s what makes the contest with a 55-year-old man the greatest contest of all time. I went to Wimbledon this year to watch her play, I wasn’t scared before, but after watching the girls at Wimbledon I may even be overconfident.Sealed

 You may want to ask me if I have a game plan for Billie Jean. I don’t need a game plan. I’ll let her start something and I’ll finish it. I have such a vast assortment of tennis weapons in my arsenal that I can handle anything she can throw at me. I’ll psych her out a little bit. I’m psyching her out already, she won’t admit it but I can see her coming apart at the seams alreadyTongue Out …”

To add to the hype surrounding the lead up to the match, Billie Jean King entered the Astrodome carried aloft by four bare-chested musclemen dressed in the garb of ancient slaves, hearkening back to the age of CleopatraLaughing

while Bobby came along as a real 55 years old playboyWink

and he entered the court in a rickshaw drawn by a bevy of scantily clad models wearing SugarDaddy T-shirtsSmile

Riggs presented King with a giant lollipop and she gave him a pigletKiss

Billie Jean would, indeed, prove to be the queen of the Astrodome that day. King had studies Riggs’ game and was ready for his aggressive style. Thus, instead of playing her own usual offensive game, she hugged the baseline, handling Riggs’s lobs with ease, forcing Riggs cover the entire court as she ran him from side to side.Cool

After quickly failing from the baseline, where he had intended to play, Riggs was forced to change to a serve-and-volley game. Even at the net, King defeated him: 6–4, 6–3, 6–3.Money Mouth

The game would go down as one of the most talked about events in sports history.Smile

Following the match Riggs was "devastated" and isolated himself in his hotel room for four hours with his handlers checking on him periodically while Riggs' son claimed his father felt he had made a terrible mistake, and was depressed for six months following the match.SurprisedSmileCool

The two became good friendsSmileKiss

Another up-to-date Battle of the sexes challenge in tennis was between Maria Sharapove and Novak JokovicSmileLaughing

and in the movies of course "Down with Love"Kiss

is another hillarious battle of sexes, between Rene Zelweger and Ewan McGregor, really exhilaratingSmile