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Billie Jean King Quotes


A former professional tennis player from the United States. She won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women's doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.
(1943 - )

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A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
 

A girl didn't get an athletic scholarship until the fall of 1972 for the very first time.
 

Any therapist will tell you that when you're ready, you will come out. To be outed means you weren't ready.
 

At 62 you want to keep moving; that's important.
 

Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
 

Champions keep playing until they get it right.
[Sports]
 

Champions take responsibility. When the ball is coming over the net, you can be sure I want the ball.
[Self Reliance]
 

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.
[Sports]
 

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.
 

I always liked co-ed events best so we have two men and two women on each team.
 

I always wanted to help make tennis a team sport.
[Sports]
 

I didn't really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.
 

I have a lot to say, and if I'm not No. 1, I can't say it.
 

I knew after my first lesson what I wanted to do with my life.
 

I like entrepreneurial people; I like people who take risks.
 

I like putting money back into what made my life, and tennis has been great to me.
[Tennis]
 

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.
[Tennis]
 

I think it's impossible to judge whether another person should come out. You just hope they will on their own time and their own terms.
 

I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.
[Self Knowledge]
 

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.
 


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