Tennis Identity

Women’s Pro Tennis Celebrates 40th Anniversary. We’ve Come a Long Way Baby.

Womens Tennis Celebrates 40 years

Forty years ago today, women’s professional tennis was born when nine players, called the Original 9 and led by Billie Jean King, signed symbolic $1 contracts with the late Gladys Heldman, publisher of World Tennis  publications, to compete in the newly-created Virginia Slims Circuit. 

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