Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Battle of the sexes, Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, Tennis, Sexism
Tennis; Battle of the sexes (Game); King, Billie Jean; Riggs, Bobby, 1918-1995; Sexism
I am a bit mystified by the amount of attention that is given to the Billie Jean King defeat of Bobby Riggs in the “Battle of the Sexes.” I remember it well, and it seemed to me to be some sort of fraud being perpetrated on the American public by a fifty-five-year-old con man in tennis shorts. Bobby Riggs was a hustler, and the “Battle of the Sexes” may have been the biggest hustle he ever pulled.
Sport and Society for Arete
College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "The Battle of the Sexes" (2017). On Sport and Society. 815.