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American Masters (2013 Season) – Billie Jean King
Interviewees
Air date: 09/10/2013

American Masters

Billie Jean King

 

Premieres nationwide Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) to commemorate 40th anniversaries of King v. Riggs “The Battle of the Sexes” match, founding of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) and equal prize money

 

Film Interviewees

(in alphabetical order, updated July 12, 2013)

Peaches Bartkowicz No grand slam titles. Career Highlights:

  • U.S. Hard Court Singles Champion 1967
  • Olympic Bronze Women’s Doubles 1968
  • 1966: U.S. No. 5
  • 1967: U.S. No. 4
  • 1968: U.S. No. 7
  • 1969: U.S. No. 4
  • 1970: U.S. No. 6
Ingrid Löfdahl Bentzer No grand slam titles. Career highlights:

  • Swedish No. 1: 1973 – 1975
  • Swedish Open Champion 1972
Rosie Casals Wimbledon:

  • Doubles Champion: 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973
  • Mixed Doubles Champion: 1970, 1972

U.S. Open:

  • Doubles Champion: 1967, 1971, 1974, 1982
  • Mixed Doubles Champion: 1975
Hillary Clinton American politician and diplomat:

  • U.S. Secretary of State, 2009 – 2013
  • U.S. Senator for New York, 2001 – 2009
  • First Lady of the U.S., 1993 – 2001
Margaret Court

 

 

Australian Championship/Australian Open:

  • Singles Champion: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973
  • Doubles Champion: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973
  • Mixed Doubles Champion: 1963, 1964

French Championships/Open:

  • Singles: 1962, 1964, 1969, 1970, 1973
  • Doubles Champion: 1964, 1965, 1966, 1973
  • Mixed Doubles Champion: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969

Wimbledon:

  • Singles Champion: 1963, 1965,1970
  • Doubles Champion: 1964, 1969
  • Mixed Doubles Champion: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1975

U.S. National Championships/Open:

  • Singles: 1962, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1973
  • Doubles Champion: 1963, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1975
  • Mixed Doubles Champion: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1972
Judy Tegart Dalton Australian Championship/Australian Open:

  • Doubles Champion: 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970
  • Mixed Doubles Champion: 1966

French Championships/Open:

  • Doubles Champion: 1966

Wimbledon:

  • Doubles Champion: 1969

U.S. National Championships/Open:

  • Doubles Champion: 1970, 1971
Chris Evert Australian Championship/Open:

  • Singles Champion: 1982, 1984

French Open:

  • Singles Champion: 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986
  • Doubles Champion: 1974, 1975

Wimbledon:

  • Singles Champion: 1974, 1976, 1981
  • Doubles Champion: 1976

U.S. Open:

  • Singles Champion: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982
Julie Heldman No grand slam titles. Career Highlights:

  • Ranked in World Top 10: 1969 – 1970,

1973 – 1974

  • Canadian Open Singles Champion: 1965
  • Canadian Open Doubles Champion: 1974
  • Italian Open Champion: 1969
  • U.S. Clay Court Doubles Champion: 1974
  • Ranked in U.S. Top 10: 1965, 1967 – 1969,

1971 – 1975:

  • Reached semi-finals of three Grand Slam singles tournaments: 1970 French Open, 1974 Australian Open, 1974 U.S. Open
Valerie Jarrett

 

  • Senior Adviser to U.S. President Obama
  • Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs / Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison
Sir Elton John English musician, singer-songwriter, composer and pianist; established the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992; close friend of Billie Jean King’s since the early 1970s
Peachy Kellmeyer No grand slam titles.

  • First tour director for the Virginia Slims circuit 1973 – 1976
  • Organized the first women’s tennis event at Madison Square Garden 1977
  • Director of WTA 1981 – 1993
Billie Jean King Australian Championship:

  • Singles Champion: 1968
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1968
  • French Open:
  • Singles Champion: 1972
  • Doubles Champion: 1972

Wimbledon:

  • Singles Champion: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975
  • Doubles Champion: 1961, 1962, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1979
  • Mixed Doubles Champion: 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974

U.S. National Championships/Open:

  • Singles Champion: 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974
  • Doubles Champion: 1964, 1967, 1974, 1978, 1980
  • Mixed Doubles Champion: 1967, 1971, 1973, 1976
Larry King Billie Jean King’s former husband; co-founded World TeamTennis (WTT) in 1973 with King
Ilana Kloss
  • Ranked No. 1 in Doubles: 1976

U.S. Open:

  • Women’s Doubles Champion 1976

French Open:

  • Women’s Doubles Champion 1976
  • Mixed Doubles Champion 1976

World TeamTennis (WTT)

  • CEO/Commissioner, 2001 – present
  • Executive Director, 1991 – 2001
  • Vice President, 1987 – 1991
Lornie Kuhle Bobby Riggs’ trainer at the time of “The Battle of the Sexes” match
Randy Moffitt

 

Billie Jean King’s brother; former American baseball pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays
Jerry Perenchio (audio only) Sports promoter – responsible for King v. Riggs “The Battle of the Sexes” match and Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier “Fight of the Century” match
Cliff Richey No grand slam titles, brother of Nancy Richey.

Career highlights:

  • 1970: U.S. No.1
  • Ranked in U.S. Top 10: 1965 – 1971
  • 1968 U.S. National Indoors Champion
  • 1969 Canadian Open Champion
  • 1969 Cincinnati Open Champion
  • 1966/1970 U.S. Clay Court Championships winner
  • 1972 South African Open Champion
Nancy Richey Australian Championship/Australian Open:

  • Singles Champion: 1967
  • Doubles Champion: 1966

French Championships/Open:

  • Singles: 1968

Wimbledon:

  • Doubles Champion: 1966

U.S. National Championships/Open:

  • Doubles Champion: 1965, 1966
Bobby Riggs (archival)
  • Wimbledon Champions (Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles): 1939
  • U.S. National Championships Singles winner: 1939, 1941
  • U.S. National Championships Mixed Doubles winner: 1940
Larry Riggs Bobby Riggs’ son
Maria Sharapova

 

Australian Open Champion:

  • Singles Champion: 2008

French Open:

  • Singles Champion: 2012

Wimbledon:

  • Singles Champion: 2004

U.S. Open:

  • Singles Champion: 2006

Silver Medal at the Olympic Games 2012

Gloria Steinem (audio only) American feminist and journalist involved in the women’s liberation movement.
Betty Stöve French Championships/Open:

  • Doubles Champion: 1972, 1979

Wimbledon:

  • Doubles Champion: 1972
  • Mixed Doubles: 1978, 1981

U.S. National Championships/Open:

  • Doubles Champion: 1972, 1977,1979
  • Mixed Doubles Champion: 1977, 1978
Virginia Wade Australian Open Champion:

  • Singles Champion: 1972
  • Doubles Champion: 1973

 

French Open:

  • Doubles Champion: 1973

Wimbledon:

  • Singles Champion: 1977

U.S. Open:

  • Singles Champion: 1968
  • Doubles Champion: 1973, 1975
Serena Williams Australian Open Champion:

  • Singles Champion: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Doubles Champion: 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010

French Open:

  • Singles Champion: 2002, 2013
  • Doubles Champion: 1999, 2010

Wimbledon:

  • Singles Champion: 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • Doubles Champion: 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012

U.S. Open:

  • Singles Champion: 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012
  • Doubles Champion: 1999, 2009
Venus Williams Australian Open Champion:

  • Doubles Champion: 2001, 2003, 2009, 2010

French Open:

  • Doubles Champion: 1999, 2010

Wimbledon:

  • Singles Champion: 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008
  • Doubles Champions: 2000, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2012

U.S. Open:

  • Singles Champion: 2000, 2001
  • Doubles Champion: 1999, 2009
Caroline Wozniacki Australian Open Champion:

  • Semi Finalist 2011

French Open:

  • Quarter Finalist 2010

U.S. Open:

  • Finalist 2009

Ranked No. 1 October 2010

Valerie Ziegenfuss No grand slam titles. Career Highlights:

  • Olympic Bronze Women’s Doubles 1968
  • U.S. Indoors Doubles Champion 1969
  • U.S. Hard Court Doubles Champion 1967
  • VS of Washington Doubles Champion 1972
  • 1969: U.S. No.9
  • 1970: U.S. No.7