1973-1980

History is a mark of what had happened and carves the shape of the past as well as how the future will be. Women’s Tennis Association has many remarkable events but we will focus first on the leap from 1970 to 1980. The Women’s Tennis Association is already 40 plus years and still conquering the whole world with a lot of their achievements. Undeniably, tennis is one of the most successful women’s sports on Earth.

Let’s take look at the most memorable events of WTA in the universe from 1973 to 1980. There are some which presents positive as well as negative events that has carved a picture on the association’s history.

1973

It was in 1973 that the Women’s Tennis Association was founded by Billie Jean King. King has received the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Flo Hyman Award in 1997. She was also honoured with the March of Dimes Lifetime Achievement Award for the commitment that she imposes in helping others in 1994. In 1990, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987, and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame (1980).

In Houston, USA, Billie Jean Kings beat Bobbie Riggs in a Battle of the Sexes match. During that time she was only 29 years of age while Riggs was at the age of 55. It was King who has emerged victorious during this match.

Billie JEAN KING

1974

A year after the formation of WTA, it was now able to sign its first TV contract with CBS. The primary objective of this is to bring women’s tennis as entertainment for the public and also to launch the careers of both the players and commentators.

1975

A girl named Martina Navratilova is the one who had defected from Czechoslovakia to the USA placing the women’s tennis centre stage during the Cold War.

1976

The first female athlete to bag US $1M in earnings goes by the name of Chris Evert. Chris Marie Evert was born in December 21, 1954 and has becomea former No. 1 professional tennis player in the United States. She has reached 34 grand slam singles finals more than anyone can do in the history.

1977

Dr. Renee Richards has revolutionized women’s tennis in some way. Dr. Renee is a transsexual who had competed as a woman at the US Open. She had played from 1977 to 1981 and ranked 20th in February 1979. She later was the coach of Navratilova to two Wimbledon wins.

1979

American player Linda Siegel accidentally reveals a bare breast on Wimbledon’s Court. She is the legend who always wears micro dress which always reveals her breast. She was born in June 05, 1961.

These were just the events that have happened during this time. These were the breakthroughs that can never be forgotten and will always leave a history for everyone to remember. History may be as it is. There may be some that were lacking but to highlight everything, tennis is one of the best sports ever.

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