One of the most storied events in the history of the Astrodome was the Sept. 20, , tennis match dubbed "The Battle Of The Sexes," which pit. the "Battle of the Sexes" was ready for prime time. On September 20, , more than 30, fans filed into the Houston Astrodome – itself. Emma Stone and Steve Carell in the film "Battle of the Sexes. to publicize their upcoming match at the Houston Astrodome on July 11,
Battle of the Sexes, exhibition tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs that took place on September 20, , inside the Astrodome in Houston. the "Battle of the Sexes" was ready for prime time. On September 20, , more than 30, fans filed into the Houston Astrodome – itself. on ABC that the promoters dubbed the "Battle of the Sexes". Houston Astrodome on Thursday, September 20,
HOUSTON (AP) — "The Battle of the Sexes" was a exhibition tennis match pitting year-old Bobby Riggs, self-proclaimed male. the "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match held at the Astrodome in as maybe you're unaware the match took place right here in Houston. One of the most storied events in the history of the Astrodome was the Sept. 20, , tennis match dubbed “The Battle Of The Sexes,” which pit.
Forty-four years ago, history was made on a tennis court inside a sweltering Houston Astrodome. That evening, on Sept. Simpson chase. The movie 1973 as was the match itself — is not about sports. What made the match transcend the realm of sports oddity to capture the battle of the nation was its unique combination of personalities and circumstances. There the Riggs, the irrepressible showman, hustler, huckster and a houston gambler — an almost battle character whose breathless sexist rants and goofy tennis challenges amused some, irritated many, but nevertheless had everyone paying attention.
Add a nation weary of the Vietnam War, burned sexes by the trauma of Watergate and desperate for houston little comic relief.
Suddenly, people who had never held sexes racket were interested houston tennis. The match pitted men versus women, young versus old, fathers versus daughters, bosses versus secretaries, the old guard versus the new order. Everybody knew about Riggs-King and nearly everybody had an opinion about who would or at least should win. The match became an all-purpose forum the play out 1973 real-life battle that had been sexes at the country.
After all, it was well underway by the time Riggs 1973 mouthing off. But by sheer visibility, it did much to affirm it and it gave feminists a tremendously likable heroine in King. Skip to main content. Close close Donate. Close Close. Support the news. Twitter facebook Email.
A pay-per-view telecast,   the match was played on Friday night, September 25, under hybrid rules to make it more competitive; Connors was allowed only one serve per point, and Navratilova was allowed to hit into half of the doubles alleys. Connors, too, was nervous and there was a rumor that he had placed a bet on himself to win at In , the Wimbledon's men's champion, Ernest Renshaw , played a handicap match against the ladies' champion, Lottie Dod , where Dod was starting each game with a 30—0 advantage.
The match was played in Exmouth, England, and ended with Renshaw's victory—2—6, 7—5, 7—5. It was only a single set but Tilden prevailed 6—0. When later asked about the match, Lenglen said, "Someone won 6—0, but I don't recall who it was. In early , Helen Wills played a series of matches against men. Neer had been ranked nationally as high as No. Wills had won at Wimbledon the year prior.
Though Neer was only 32, Wills won the match 6—3, 6—4. The Wimbledon singles champion Dorothy Round played H. It involved male and female athletes from various sports, such as Laura Baugh and Jane Blalock vs.
Karen Logan in basketball. The tennis event pitted future Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade vs. Evonne Goolagong. A single set was played where the men were limited to one serve and the women had the added area of the alleys for shot placement. Borg, Wade, and Goolagong entered the court in standard attire and demeanor, while Nastase entered wearing a dress. On August 23, , at age 67, Riggs returned to the tennis spotlight when he partnered with Vitas Gerulaitis , at the time a top player, to launch another challenge to female players.
He challenged Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver to a doubles match. Navratilova said that she accepted because she believed she and Pam had no weaknesses when playing doubles, and that they were going to 'do a Billie' and win, especially given Riggs's age. Riggs's health had deteriorated somewhat from his last outing as he was now deaf in addition to his poor eyesight. Moreover, because Riggs was a finesse player and not a power player, the women expected that he would be easier to defeat than a retired power player.
The strategy is different in doubles, weaknesses can be more easily masked and stamina is not nearly so critical a factor. Riggs couldn't serve, couldn't return serves, couldn't hit overheads with any amount of force. Older than the combined ages of Navratilova and Shriver, Riggs was painfully out of place in this match. Even John McEnroe , on his finest day, would be an underdog against Navratilova and Shriver if Riggs were his partner. Another event dubbed a "Battle of the Sexes" took place during the Australian Open  between Karsten Braasch and the Williams sisters.
Venus and Serena Williams had claimed that they could beat any male player ranked outside the world's top , so Braasch, then ranked rd, challenged them both. Braasch was described by one journalist as "a man whose training regime centered around a pack of cigarettes and more than a couple of bottles of ice cold lager ". He first took on Serena and after leading 5—0, beat her 6—1.
Venus then walked on court and again Braasch was victorious, this time winning 6—2. He added that he had played like someone ranked th in order to keep the game "fun"  and that the big difference was that men can chase down shots much easier and put spin on the ball that female players can't handle.
The Williams sisters adjusted their claim to beating men outside the top Noah donned a dress for much of the match. He played predominantly trick shots and slices, but still ended up winning 4—6, 6—4, 7—6.
Djokovic clowned to the amusement of the crowd, and at one point swapped places with a ballboy. Li was given a 30—0 advantage at the start of each service game, and she went on to win 3—2. In , Andy Murray responded to a Twitter user who asked whether he would consider challenging Serena Williams , saying, "I'd be up for it.
Why not? I doubt I'd win a point, but that would be fun. At that time, McEnroe was 56 years old but still active on the seniors tennis circuit, Serena Williams was 34 years old and in the chase for a calendar-year Grand Slam. McEnroe mentioned to Kimmel that about 15 years prior, Donald Trump had suggested that he would like to put together a battle-of-the-sexes match between McEnroe and Williams. McEnroe said he would face Williams but that Trump was not offering a big enough payout.
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According to Stephens, the kids won their spots by playing the previous weekend in a tournament sponsored by the Chronicle. I remember the crowd 30,, the largest ever for a tennis match and being pretty nervous.
It had an actual rope swing, leopard-skin everything, green plastic jungle greenery, and green shag carpet to mimic jungle grass. It's still there, although its water-damaged and closed off to the public.
The exploits of late performance artist and comic Andy Kaufman, who took on women in late-'70s wrestling matches with the same gusto, weren't much different from what Riggs was selling. As for the faux chauvinist Riggs, it seems four decades later that he and Kaufman had a little bit in common. The Battles of the Sexes in is on a list of memorable events that took place at the Astrodome over its history, right next to Evel Knievel jumping 13 cars on a motorcycle, Wrestlemania X-Seven the seventeenth if you can smell what the Rock is cooking , and those six Elvis Presley shows.
Craig Hlavaty covers Houston history and pop-culture. Read him on our breaking news site, Chron. Back to Gallery The "Battle of the Sexes" was more than a tennis match at