Most Fun I've Had In a Tennis Skirt Off the Court
The Battle of the Sexes Movie came out a few weeks ago and my tennis friends and I went to see it. The movie tells the story of Billie Jean King's tennis match against Bobby Riggs, the first match of it's kind where the victor gets equal pay, be it a woman or a man.
The actual match took place in Houston, TX in 1973 and was met with fanfare, etc. It was one of the most widely watched tennis events and the premise of a female vs male competitor was hyped up. Could the number one ranking female tennis player defeat a former male pro? There was far more to the plot which made for a very interesting movie.
Since I am a tennis addict, along with a group of my friends, we eagerly awaited the movie and had plans to all go to dinner, dress up as 1970's players - ideally Billie Jean King, and have a great night out.
Well, to say we had fun was an understatement! We had a fantastic time.
It started out with a small group of us getting ready with our "costumes" and ended up with a large group laughing all night!
Here I am before leaving the house, as Ms Billie Jean King.
My friends in the theater! People asked to take our picture!
Here's part of our group! Don't you love the wooden racquet?
My friend, Susan, surprised us all when she dressed as Bobby Riggs. She told me to squat down for the picture, so she would be taller. It was all I could to do stop laughing while someone snapped the picture!
We had a fantastic time together. I can't remember laughing this hard for so long. The theater was packed with other tennis players, who admitted that they should have worn tennis clothes!
The funniest part was when our team went to our Tuesday match. An older woman came up to us and said that she heard some people from our club went to the movies... and she wished she had been invited!