The American tennis star, Billie-Jean King is to take up the cause of women's lib and play Bobby Riggs for a winner-takes-all prize of $100,000 dollars (GBP 25,000).
MV Mrs. King & Riggs playing shots (2 shots)
CU Mrs. King speaks
MRS. KING: "I definitely want to play him because I don't feel Margaret did women's tennis justice."
REPORTER: You're out to save the name of women's tennis as well. And you think you can beat her. She's younger, I'm sorry to say.
RIGGS: Yeah, like maybe 26 years younger. But she's a woman ...
REPORTER: Now what does that have to do with it?
RIGGS: Well they can only do things like men like about half as good if that good - and even though she's twenty-six years younger she hasn't had my experience and when we play a pressure match like this - 100,000 dollars, winner take all - can you imagine anyone in their right mind betting on anybody but Bobby Riggs? Under a pressure situation - for a 100,000 dollars winner take all - I'm known as the greatest match player of all time - anytime the stake's for big money everyone will tell you you've got to go with Bobby Riggs in the big ones. That's (indistinct) I learned long time ago, never bet against Bobby Riggs, especially when there's big money involved, so she's going to have to overcome that.
REPORTER: Are you going to let him get away with that?
MRS. KING: All I can say is have him show up. And - he hassles off the court and I hassle on the court and that's where it matters."
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Background: The American tennis star, Billie-Jean King is to take up the cause of women's lib and play Bobby Riggs for a winner-takes-all prize of $100,000 dollars (GBP 25,000).
At 55, Riggs, a former champion, is still very fit. He proved this in May when he beat the Australian Margaret Court for a $10,000(GBP 2,500) prize.
Mrs. King, at 29, has three recent Wimbledon titles to her credit and looks a much more formidable opponent than Mrs. Court. She's determined to avenge the Australian's defeat and "put women's tennis and women's lib where it belongs."
Riggs says he challenges women players because "I want to prove that women are lousy, they stink, they don't belong on the same court as a man."
No date has yet been set for the match which was announce at the Town Tennis Club in New York. After the announcement, Mrs. King and Riggs volleyed for the benefit of Photographers.
SYNOPSIS: The American tennis star Bille-Jean King and former champion Bobby Riggs now 55 played a few warm up shots after they announced in New York that they are to play a challenge match. Mrs. King told a reporter that she wants to avenge Margaret Court's defeat in May by Riggs.