🏆 ʙɪʟʟɪᴇ ᴊᴇᴀɴ ᴋɪɴɢ is a former World No.1 professional tennis player and has won 39 Grand Slam titles: 12 in singles, 16 in women's doubles, and 11 in mixed doubles. 😲
In 1972, King became the first tennis player to be named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. She was also the ꜰɪʀꜱᴛ ꜰᴇᴍᴀʟᴇ ᴀᴛʜʟᴇᴛᴇ ever to receive that honor.
Off the court, Billie Jean King fought for equal prize money for men and women and in 1971 became theꜰɪʀꜱᴛ ꜰᴇᴍᴀʟᴇ ᴀᴛʜʟᴇᴛᴇ to win over $100,000 💰 👍
💭"I used to think about everything that could go wrong and then try to picture myself, or how I would react to it or how I would respond to it. ... So I always thought about the wind; I thought about the sun; I thought about line calls; I thought about rain, if we had to wait, things that were probably out of my control, and how I would respond to them.
I would think about how I wanted to act. Like they teach in acting, "act as if ..." — it's the same thing in sports. 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘂𝗽 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁? 𝗗𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗮𝘆? Because 75 percent of the time when you're on the court, you're actually not hitting a ball. 𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝑰 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒏𝒌 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕'𝒔 𝒘𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒎𝒑𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉.
So I would 🆅🅸🆂🆄🅰🅻🅸🆉🅴
all these different possibilities."
𝑺𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒂𝒊𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒂𝒏 𝒊𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒊𝒆𝒘 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒅 𝑺𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒂 𝑾𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒂𝒎𝒔 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒚𝒆𝒓 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒘𝒐𝒎𝒆𝒏'𝒔 𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒏𝒊𝒔, 𝒔𝒂𝒚𝒊𝒏𝒈 "𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒂𝒃𝒔𝒐𝒍𝒖𝒕𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍."