April 8, 1988 |
Sports * 1/2 "Bobby Riggs: Ageless Tennis." Academy. $19.95. As wondrous as it is to see an agile, 68-year-old Bobby Riggs still hustling around the court, it's much less of a wonder to watch his 40-minute videotape. Subtitled "You're Never Too Old to Stay Young," it's aimed at senior tennis players. Riggs, who defined the art of the tennis hustle with his victory over Margaret Court in 1973, offers few tips and lots of bromides for the skilled player.
September 9, 2013 |
Forty years ago, Billie Jean King played Bobby Riggs in the most famous tennis match in American history. Dubbed "The Battle of the Sexes," it was as much a contest of ideologies as athleticism. King represented the fight for women's rights, and Riggs, who proudly identified himself as a male chauvinist pig, stood in for the patriarchy. Millions tuned into the wildly hyped telecast, many of whom had never seen a tennis match. When King soundly beat Riggs (who, though a former champion himself, was 26 years her senior)
July 21, 1990
Match point to Mike Downey for his searing, brilliant shot at Margaret Court. I don't know if Martina is 100 times the athlete Jack Nicklaus is, but she is certainly 100 times the human being Court is. MIKE WERB Los Angeles
September 17, 1986
Swimmer Tracy Caulkins, tennis player Margaret Court, volleyball player Flo Hyman, who died in January of Marfan's Syndrome, and golfer Betsy Rawls have been named to the Women's Sports Hall of Fame. Others chosen were tennis player Hazel Wightman, who established the Wightman Cup in 1923, and Charlotte Dod, who excelled in tennis, golf and archery early in the century.
June 22, 1997
* Joe Frazier--married at age 15 * Michael Jordan--cut from high school varsity, age 15 * Mary Decker--first world record, age 15 * Margaret Court--60 trophies, age 15 * Pele--first pro soccer contract, age 15-x x-Earned $75 per month Source: World Features Syndicate