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Jun 7, 2013

THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2013) Movie Trailer: Billie Jean King Documentary

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The Battle Of The Sexes Trailer. James Erskine, Victoria Gregory‘s The Battle Of The Sexes (2013) movie trailer stars Billie Jean King, Bobby Riggs, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, and Maria Sharapova. The Battle Of The Sexes‘ plot synopsis: “A look at the events leading up to the 1973 tennis match between retired men’s champ Bobby Riggs and the current women’s Wimbledon winner Billie Jean King.”

The Battle Of The Sexes quad movie poster:

The Battle Of The Sexes quad movie poster

The Battle Of The Sexes quad movie poster

 On the tennis match from Billie Jean King:

“I wanted to change the hearts and minds of people. And as we know, to change hearts and minds to match the law isn’t that easy. So I had to beat him for a lot of reasons. But it wasn’t about a tennis match – it was about social change.”

On the tennis match from Bobby Riggs:

“I want to prove that women are lousy, they stink, they don’t belong on the same court as a man.” – Bobby Riggs, 12th July 1973

On Billie Jean King:

Billie Jean King (born November 22, 1943) is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. King won a total of 39 Grand Slam titles throughout her career; this includes 12 singles, 16 doubles and 11 mixed doubles titles. Additionally King won the first ever WTA Tour Championships and was a three time winner of the doubles event. King is an advocate for sexual equality and won the Battle of the Sexes tennis match against Bobby Riggs in 1973 and was the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, World TeamTennis and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

King represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup during her career. She was victorious in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups. King was additionally the United States’ captain in the Federation Cup on three separate occasions.

King has been bestowed with several honors. She was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987 and was awarded the Phillipe Chartrier Award in 2003. The Fed Cup Award of Excellence was bestowed on King in 2010. In 1972 King was the joint winner with John Wooden of the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year award and was one of the Time Persons of the year in 1975. King has also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was given the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the year lifetime achievement award. King was inducted into the National Women’s hall of fame in 1990, and in 2006, the USTA National Tennis Center, located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens, was renamed the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center after her.

On Billie Jean King:

Robert Larimore “Bobby” Riggs (February 25, 1918 – October 25, 1995) was an American 1930s–40s tennis player who was the World No. 1 or the co-World No. 1 player for three years, first as an amateur in 1939, then as a professional in 1946 and 1947. He played his first professional tennis match on December 26, 1941.

After being mostly forgotten for many years, he gained far more fame in 1973 at the age of 55 by challenge matches against two of the top female players in the world. “The Battle of the Sexes” match against Billie Jean King was one of the most famous tennis events of all time, in which he lost the $100,000 winner take all prize.

Watch The Battle Of The Sexes movie trailer and leave your thoughts on it below in the comments section. For more The Battle Of The Sexes photos, videos, and information, visit our The Battle Of The Sexes Page, subscribe to us by Email, “follow” us on Twitter, Tumblr, or “like” us on FacebookThe Battle Of The Sexes will be released in UK theaters through Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment on June 26, 2013. The Battle Of The Sexes has no US theater release date yet.

Source: Imdb, Liveforfilms, Wikipedia (1, 2)

  • Shemp DeYoung

    I can’t wait to see this. I remember when it happened, but I was so young, it would be great to see it from a 2013 perspective.

  • Rollo Tomasi

    I never heard of this event until I watched this trailer.