Could John McEnroe have beaten Serena Williams tomorrow?
This is an equivalent question asked in 1973, when Bobby Riggs became head of the Margaret Court.
And just as global television listeners can confirm the melody for a McEnroe-Williams clash, so this week’s written sex war 4 years ago captured the imagination of the world.
May 13, 1973 – 47 years ago this week – the 55-year-old Riggs, the long-retired 1939 Wimbledon champion and two-time U.S. Open winner, came down on the crap shoot to predict whether he could match up to 30 years old. Bar Grand Slam winner.
It came to be known as Mother’s Day Genocide.
Who was Bobby Riggs and what was his benefit?
Riggs was a 55-year-old American who competed against the likes of Jack Kramer and Fred Perry in his time. Otherwise known for gambling and haste, Flimboint Riggs has long considered himself a serious player as a tennis player, before he challenged Billy Jean King, who refused to play him, and then the court would play a wicket-to-all match.
The Australian court accepted, asking King to tell, according to a Sports Illustrated report at the time: “If Margaret loses, we’re in trouble. I have to challenge her myself.”
Both players reportedly paid a healthy attendance fee of up to 10,000 to participate in the competition.
Where did Court vs. Riggs take place?
The Valley Showdown in San Vicente, California, is a glorious beat track spot for Sunday afternoon tennis.
The play unfolded on the green hard court, housing 3,000 spectators around four makeshift stands $ 10 heads, including the stars of the day, American football star Oz Simpson and actor Bill Cosby drawn to the desert.
“I think Margaret Court will have an edge if you compete with importance all the time,” Simpson told an American TV crew.
How did Riggs reach his greatest persecution?
Definitely Boris, Riggs, who wore black thick-rimmed glasses, focused on making sure the match was as fast as tennis.
His intention was to get the court away from his double before they even started, and contemporary reports suggest that experienced gamblers Riggs relied on the outcome rather than a relatively modest prize money.
He portrayed his image as the enemy of men and women, and as many Americans rebelled, Riggs called: “I am the greatest money player in history.”
The date was, Mother’s Day, it added conspiracy. Mothers and women were at risk of being hijacked on the day of the celebration. The court itself was a new mother.
Seriously, Riggs underwent rigorous training, had several accidents on the head, or at least limited them, and of course achieved the initial shape for one person in his mid-fifties.
On this occasion the court dressed, a patriot in a yellow and green pastel kit, sewn on top of the ‘Margaret’ collar. The New York Times reported that this was not the first time he had worn white.
He also had a lot of support. The ‘Women Liberators’, as they were known as popular at the time, were behind the court.
Riggs, however, was not to be outdone, and from the stairs of the showman’s stand, dressed in a sky-blue tracksuit with a bouquet of roses, went to court, where he appeared in court, who naturally showed stinginess.
First blood, rigs
Bobby Riggs turns 102 years old today.
We were court rivals in the battle of Sexes, but outside the court he was my friend.
Happy birthday, Bobby. You missed. pic.twitter.com/4oq75W18ZG
– Billy Jinking (@BillyJinking) 2520 February
What a Bobby puzzle!
The match that the bookmakers could not call was completely one-sided, indeed the ultimate anti-climactic proof.
After the build-up play was over, Riggs returned to the service-volley court and won 2-2-1-1.
CBS television listeners and those watching back in Australia most likely expected.
The court’s performance was unusually unlisted, and he said that then the mild nature of Riggs’ game, which he mixed with the binding effect, caught him.
As an excuse, it was really bound. The Riggs show pony completely outfolded him, leading him into confusion.
The court told reporters, “My concentration today was bad, and I’ve been paying really close attention for the last six months or so. What I saw around the court today was very unusual for me.”
Riggs rejoices, and “proves one thing”
The court insisted before the match that he was not interested in the ‘Battle of the Sex’ element of the competition and was not carrying any banners, but Riggs was in that direction.
“I think it proves one thing,” he said later.
“Fifty-five years old, a foot in the grave, the difference between night and day And and she’s the best female player of all time.
“Sixty million people are watching all the biggest matches of all time. The battle of sex and And we all had enough time to be ready for it.
“I think it was the excitement, the pressure, the biggest match ever. 60 million listeners on television. All the press, the way this thing has been made over the last six months.
“She arrived here with the whole pressure of the female world on her.”
Bobby Riggs approached me several times before 1973 to play him, but I did not take the bait. When Margaret Court accepted his invitation to play, I told her, ‘You know you have to win, don’t you?’ Once she lost the match, I knew I had to play her.
– Billy Jinking (@BillyJinking) August 21, 2019
King and I.
After seeing the court, Riggs sets his price for the follow-up match, providing a worthy condition that he can find a suitable opponent.
Stepping King, as he promised, and the two dropped $ 75,000 to take part in the September 1933 conflict, paid another ,000 100,000 for the winner.
King landed at the Houston Astrodom to win the cash, sport-4-6-3-3-6–3, a fatal blow to women in the sport and certainly gave the court more than a little break to think about.