51 Motivating Billie Jean King Quotes

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Billie Jean King was a famous personality borning on November 22, 194; she becomes a former World No.1 professional tennis player in America. She won 39 Grand Slam titles altogether and often represented the United States in the Federation Cup and the Wightman Cup.

Her membership on the victorious United States team in seven Federation Cups and nine Wightman Cups made her more recognizable. She has also run the captainship in the Federation Cup for three years.

Moreover, she is an advocate for gender equality, and in 1973, she won the Battle of the Sexes that is a tennis match against the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs.

She was only 29 years old when she won that match. She has been regarded as one of the greatest women’s tennis players by many of her fields.

Also, in 1987, she was included in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Similarly, in 2018, she was able to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award.

Despite various ups and downs, she became a successful tennis player and renowned all over the world. Some of her inspiring quotes are listed below.

Billie Jean King on field
Billie Jean King on field

“Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life.”― Billie Jean King

“Everyone has people in their lives that are gay, lesbian or transgender or bisexual. They may not want to admit it, but I guarantee they know somebody.”― Billie Jean King

“The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.”― Billie Jean King

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”― Billie Jean King

“I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.”― Billie Jean King

“Sports are a microcosm of society.”― Billie Jean King

“Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy, and don’t be afraid to hit the ball.”― Billie Jean King

“Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.”― Billie Jean King

“It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side… and female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional.”― Billie Jean King

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“I wanted to use sports for social change.”― Billie Jean King

“A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.”― Billie Jean King

“It’s just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let’s start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.”― Billie Jean King

“Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still survive a lot better than the women. But the women’s ratings are better, at least at home in the United States than in the men’s tennis.”― Billie Jean King

“There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.”― Billie Jean King

“In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it.”― Billie Jean King

“Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasn’t allowed in a photo because I wasn’t wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport.”― Billie Jean King

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“Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.”― Billie Jean King

“It’s fun to meet people from throughout the world who you don’t have to explain yourself to.”― Billie Jean King

“I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.”― Billie Jean King

“I used to be told if I talked about my sexuality in any way that we wouldn’t have a tennis tour.”― Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King quote on sport
Billie Jean King quote on sport

“I would just never out anybody. I think everyone has to find it in their own way and their own time.”― Billie Jean King

“That is where the power, opportunity, and choice come from-when you have money. Money equals opportunity. There is no question.”― Billie Jean King

“They’re not put on earth to be martyrs; they have to want to come out. It depends on your culture, where you work, where you live. Each person’s circumstances are unique.”― Billie Jean King

“No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.”― Billie Jean King

“I will tell you King’s First Law of Recognition: You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.”― Billie Jean King

“I have a lot to say, and if I’m not No. 1, I can’t say it.”― Billie Jean King

“A girl didn’t get an athletic scholarship until the fall of 1972 for the very first time.”― Billie Jean King

“Any therapist will tell you that when you’re ready, you will come out. To be outed means you weren’t ready.”― Billie Jean King

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“I always liked co-ed events best so we have two men and two women on each team.”― Billie Jean King

“I always wanted to help make tennis a team sport.”― Billie Jean King

“I didn’t really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.”― Billie Jean King

“I like putting money back into what made my life, and tennis has been great to me.”― Billie Jean King

“I love to promote our sport. I love grass-roots tennis. I love coaching. I love all parts of the sport. I love the business side.”― Billie Jean King

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“I think it’s impossible to judge whether another person should come out. You hope they will on their own time and their own terms.”― Billie Jean King

“I think younger players probably just think they are who they are-they don’t think about coming out. Unless you’re number one in the world, nobody cares, usually.”― Billie Jean King

“I was always in the tennis business-from 1968. I was in tournaments and also on World Team Tennis teams as well.”― Billie Jean King

“I would love to be a player today. I had the right personality for it.”― Billie Jean King

Billie Jean King with family: (l to r) Bill Moffitt (father), Randy Moffitt (brother), Betty Moffitt (mother), and Billie Jean King (née Moffitt)
Billie Jean King with family: (l to r) Bill Moffitt (father), Randy Moffitt (brother), Betty Moffitt (mother), and Billie Jean King (née Moffitt)

“If your partner wants to be private, you have to respect that.”― Billie Jean King

“In 1973, women got 59 cents on the dollar; now we are getting 74 cents on the dollar. In the area of finance and business, we are at 68 cents on the dollar.”― Billie Jean King

“Martina and I went through a very bad five years. Everything’s very good between us now, but it was a long haul.”― Billie Jean King

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“Martina’s gone with people who don’t want to be out, and it drives her crazy because she’d rather be open.”― Billie Jean King

“Men still get a lot more opportunity. It is still a big part of the old boy network. They have more companies they can get money from.”― Billie Jean King

“The old boy network is still very strong and very true. Just look at the stock exchange and how many men and women are there. It is still very much run by men.”― Billie Jean King

“When I was outed, it was like, That’s done.”― Billie Jean King

“When they take surveys of women in business, of the Fortune 500, the successful women, 80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman.”― Billie Jean King

“Women’s sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of women’s sports in the United States started in 1972, with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.”― Billie Jean King

“At 62 you want to keep moving; that’s important.”― Billie Jean King

“I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life.”― Billie Jean King

“Women get the attention when we get into the men’s arena, and that’s sad.”― Billie Jean King

“In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports.”― Billie Jean King

“When we reach the point where the women athletes are getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes, then we’ve really and truly arrived. Parity at last!”― Billie Jean King

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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