American Masters: Billie Jean King

American Masters: Billie Jean King

Friday, September 4 at 10:30 p.m.

Join tennis star Billie Jean King as she tells her story in the series’ first profile of a sports figure.

This "American Masters" profile commemorates the famous Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs “The Battle of the Sexes” tennis match and the launch of the Women’s Tennis Association.

King presents her own story, with perspective from Serena and Venus Williams, Hillary Clinton, Sir Elton John, Maria Sharapova, members of the Virginia Slims Circuit “Original 9” including Rosie Casals, Chris Evert, Margaret Court, as well as Gloria Steinem, Bobby Riggs’ son Larry, family, friends and many others.

Top photo: Six-time Wimbledon singles champion Billie Jean King stretches to return the ball to Dianne Fromholtz (not pictured) of Australia during their semi-final match in the Toray Sillook Tennis Tournament in Tokyo on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1979. Sixth-seeded King defeated second-seeded Formholtz 6-2, 7-6.

At right, top: Billie Jean King today

Bottom right: Billie Jean King downed Kerry Reid 6-3, 7-5 after a sudden death tiebreaker in the second set during the Semi-finals singles match in the Family Circle Magazine Cup tournament at Hilton Head Island's Sea Pines resort on April 2, 1977.