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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Wednesday September 23, 2020

Original Nine

Tennis celebrates the 50-year anniversary of the original nine on social media.

Photo Source: WTA

50 years ago today, nine incredible women signed nine contracts. Total value? $9! And it changed the face of tennis—forever!

The day was September 23, 1970, and the courageous women? Billie Jean King, Rosie Casals, Nancy Richey, Julie Heldman, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Dalton, Kerry Melville Reid, Peaches Bartkowicz, and Kristy Pigeon.

Today we celebrate their “legacy of independence and empowerment” along with the rest of the world. And now we take a spin around social media to see how the tributes shake out.

1.Today and every day, thank you!


2. More BJK required reading, in Glamour mag, if you’re interested.

3. Ash Barty World No.1 pays tribute.

4.Props from Wimbledon.

5. Simona Halep.

6. Legend Gabriela Sabatini…

7. Legend Ana Ivanovic.

8.From the freshly renamed Billie Jean King Cup.

9. The photo was recreated at Strasbourg today.

10. Carla Suarez Navarro with some proper words.

11. Vika pays tribute.


12. Legend Mary Pierce, who is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her Roland Garros title.

13. Former World No.1 and youngest US Open champion Tracy Austin.

14. Four-time Slam champion and Hall of Famer Kim Clijsters.

15. Sabine Lisicki is feeling the spirit.



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