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Billie Jean King


1943 Born November 22 in Long Beach, California
1954 First formal tennis lessons
1958 Works with coach Alice Marble
1964 Travels to Australia to work with coach Mervyn Rose; wins U.S. doubles
1965 Marries Larry W. King
1970 Helps organize the first all-women's pro tennis tournament
1974 Founds Women's Sports Foundation
1975 With husband, helps launch women's professional softball team
1980 President of Women's Tennis Association, which she cofounds
1983 Retires from singles competition
1983-84 Played World Team Tennis for Chicago Fire
1987 King and husband Larry divorce
1995-96, 1998 Captain of Federation Cup team
1996, 2000 Captain of U.S. Olympic tennis team

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