Billie Jean King - Philadelphia Freedoms Uniform (1974) For Sale
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Billie Jean King - Philadelphia Freedoms Uniform (1974):
This is the uniform the Billie Jean King wore when she led the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis in 1974. World Team Tennis was started on the back of Billie Jean King after her world famous tennis match with Booby Riggs in 1973 that was broadcast worldwide and opened up tennis to major league status. Billie Jean King is the iconic name in tennis and raised awareness of professional tennis to a more established sport. The Billie Jean King Tennis Center is the home of the US Open.
The uniform, including panty,was created by Teddy Tinling in his London studio. His label is in each piece and was is noted Made in England. Mr. Tinling was the world famous designer of women's tennis wear.
This uniform is the only uniform of a female sports athlete that is recognizable almost up to it's fortieth anniversary of May 7, 1974.
Elton John wrote his hit "Philadelphia Freedom" based on his friendship with Billie Jean King.
Please note that this item, both pieces, has been worn in competition and is not in perfect condition.