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Billie Jean King (Tennis Player)

A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
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Champions keep playing until they get it right.
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Tennis taught me so many lessons in life. One of the things it taught me is that every ball that comes to me, I have to make a decision. I have to accept responsibility for the consequences every time I hit a ball.
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Be bold. If you’re going to make an error, make a doozy.
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Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose it teaches you about life.
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Ladies, heres a hint. If youre up against a girl with big boobs, bring her to the net and make her hit backhand volleys. Thats the hardest shot for the well endowed.
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Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still survive a lot better than the women. But the women’s ratings are better, at least at home in the United States than in the men’s tennis.
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There is no life for girls in team sports past Little League. I got into tennis when I realized this, and because I thought golf would be too slow for me, and I was too scared to swim.
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Sports are a microcosm of society.
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A perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.
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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.
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Face your fears; live your passions, be dedicated to your truth
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I think younger players probably just think they are who they are-they dont think about coming out. Unless youre number one in the world, nobody cares, usually.
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The trouble with being number one in the world - in anything - is that it takes a certain mentality to attain that position, and that is something of a driving, perfectionist attitude, so that once you do achieve number one, you dont relax and enjoy
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Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquillity.
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I think self-awareness is probably the most important thing towards being a champion.
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Theyre not put on earth to be martyrs; they have to want to come out. It depends on your culture, where you work, where you live. Each persons circumstances are unique.
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Victory is fleeting. Losing is forever.
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When I was outed, it was like, Thats done.
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When they take surveys of women in business, of the Fortune 500, the successful women, 80% of them, say they were in sports as a young woman.
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When we reach the point where the women athletes are getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes, then weve really and truly arrived. Parity at last!
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Women get the attention when we get into the mens arena, and thats sad.
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Womens sports is still in its infancy. The beginning of womens sports in the United States started in 1972, with the passage of Title 9 for girls to finally get athletic scholarships.
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I would just never out anybody. I think everyone has to find it in their own way and their own time.
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I would love to be a player today. I had the right personality for it.
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If your partner wants to be private, you have to respect that.
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In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it.
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In 1973, women got 59 cents on the dollar; now we are getting 74 cents on the dollar. In the area of finance and business, we are at 68 cents on the dollar.
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In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports.
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It is very hard to be a female leader. While it is assumed that any man, no matter how tough, has a soft side... and female leader is assumed to be one-dimensional.
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Its fun to meet people from throughout the world who you dont have to explain yourself to.
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Its just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Lets start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.
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Martina and I went through a very bad five years. Everythings very good between us now, but it was a long haul.
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Martinas gone with people who dont want to be out, and it drives her crazy because shed rather be open.
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Men can have a huge turnover of sponsorship and still survive a lot better than the women. But the womens ratings are better, at least at home in the United States than in the mens tennis.
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Men still get a lot more opportunity. It is still a big part of the old boy network. They have more companies they can get money from.
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No one changes the world who isnt obsessed.
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That is where the power, opportunity, and choice come from-when you have money. Money equals opportunity. There is no question.
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The main thing is to care. Care very hard, even if it is only a game you are playing.
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The old boy network is still very strong and very true. Just look at the stock exchange and how many men and women are there. It is still very much run by men.
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I used to be told if I talked about my sexuality in any way that we wouldnt have a tennis tour.
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I wanted to use sports for social change.
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I was always in the tennis business-from 1968. I was in tournaments and also on World Team Tennis teams as well.
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I will tell you Kings First Law of Recognition: You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.
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A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.
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A girl didnt get an athletic scholarship until the fall of 1972 for the very first time.
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Any therapist will tell you that when youre ready, you will come out. To be outed means you werent ready.
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At 62 you want to keep moving; thats important.
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Be bold. If youre going to make an error, make a doozy, and dont be afraid to hit the ball.
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Ever since that day when I was 11 years old, and I wasnt allowed in a photo because I wasnt wearing a tennis skirt, I knew that I wanted to change the sport.
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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.
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I always liked co-ed events best so we have two men and two women on each team.
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I always wanted to help make tennis a team sport.
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I didnt really care if I had a coach that much, me personally, because I was brought up to think for myself.
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I think younger players probably just think they are who they are-they dont think about coming out. Unless youre number one in the world, nobody cares, usually.
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