Billie Jean King’s life has been as colourful and as determined as her performance on the tennis courts. Now she tells her own story in a forthright autobiography that is at once a moving personal history and a behind-the-scenes look at the world of women’s sports.
Billie Jean King spent much of her life as a trailblazer: as a young girl from a modest family playing the rich kid’s game of tennis; as a female superstar in a sports world dominated by men; as a leader and spokeswoman for women’s equality.-; and, recently, as a celebrity called upon to make public the details of her private life.
She emerges as a thoughtful, sensitive person, an image far different from the one the press has usually imposed upon her. She writes of her life as a touring athlete, of the men and women who share that world, and the friendships and intense rivalries that develop. She tells about the agonies and pressure of becoming number one, about the difficulties of living without any privacy, and-most of all-how she has been affected, both as a competitor and as a woman. With rare and touching honesty, she evaluates her sometimes troubled marriage and calmly relates the story of her over-publicized affair with Marilyn Barnett.
Billie Jean King played her first tennis match at the age of eleven and in 1979 achieved a record of 20 Wimbledon titles (6 singles, 10 doubles, 4 mixed doubles). She has won all other major titles. She is the author of several books, Tennis to Win (1968), Billie Jean (1974), Secrets of Winning Tennis (1975), Tennis Love (1978), Mixed Doubles (1980) and Play Better Tennis (1981).
Frank Deford has been a senior writer at Sports Illustrated for nearly two decades. His non-fiction books include There She Is: The Life and Times of Miss America; Arthur Ashe; and Big Bill Tilden.
Hardcover, 202 pages. In very good pre-loved condition with the exception of being ex-library.