King: Sexes Match Wasn’t Fixed

    FILE - In this file photo of Sept. 3, 1972  Billie Jean King returns a volley to Esme Emmanuel during U.S. Open tennis action at the West Side Tennis Club in the Forest Hills neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York. The stadium that was one of the cathedrals of tennis and hosted US Open tennis for six decades, as well as music greats, is planning to revive the sound of music at the 16,000-seat stadium and perhaps, one day, bring back big-time professional tennis. (AP Photo/ Ray Stubblebine, File)

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    Was the historic 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match fixed? ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported that a golf pro in Tampa heard the Mafia saying that Bobby Riggs was going to intentionally lose the match to settle a gambling debt. Billie Jean King, the famed female player who beat Riggs, issued a statement saying the story is ridiculous. “I was on the court with Bobby, and I know he was not tanking the match. I could see in his eyes and body language he wanted to win.”

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