Is the Las Vegas Showdown between Serena Williams and Andy Murray the Next ‘Battle of the Sexes?'
By Rachelle Corpuz | November 13, 2013 6:32 PM EST
Serena Williams and Andy Murray are reportedly to face each other on a tennis showdown in Las Vegas in 2014. It has been reported that the representatives of both Williams and Murray are set to meet to finalise the said historic event.
If the said face-off between Williams and Murray is set, this will be the fourth time that a woman and a man will fight in a tennis match.
In 1973, the first-ever tennis match, known as the Battle of the Sexes, between a man and woman took place. Former World No 1 Bobby Riggs, who was 55 years old at that time, came out of retirement, and challenged one of the world's greatest female players. He initially asked Billy Jean King to compete with him, but she declined.
Following his win over Court, Riggs continued to challenge Billie Jean King.
"Billie Jean King is one of the all-time tennis greats," Riggs told TIME. "She is one of the superstars, but she doesn't deserve a chance with me," said Riggs. "Women's tennis is definitely far beyond men's tennis," he said.
King finally accepted Riggs proposed match, along with a lucrative prize money. The match was televised on national TV. King triumphed over Riggs. However, a few critics were not impressed. Riggs also felt depressed about his loss, especially the fact that it was to a woman. He even locked himself in his hotel room for four hours.
The third Battle of the Sexes was between Martina Navratilova and Jimmy Connors. It was held a Caesar's Palace in Paradise, Nevada in 1992. Connors won.
Maybe a fourth Battle of the Sexes is really about to happen.
Andy Murray has already expressed his feelings about having a match with Serena Williams. A Twitter user asked Murray if he would be willing to challenge Williams. "I would be up for it, why not," said Murray. Williams also shared her thoughts on the idea. "That would be fun, although I highly doubt that I will win a point," said Williams.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Taylor Swift Named Forbes' Second Highest Paid Country Musician [PHOTOS]
- Forever Lost: Indescribable Anguish for Malaysia Airlines MH17 Families, Remains of Some Victims May Never Be Found (PHOTOS)
- Lunch with the Gods: Pope Francis Eats with Vatican Workers in Cafeteria
- Global Aviation Accidents: UN to Form Safety Task Force, Gov'ts Should Share Intelligence Info to Avert Future Incidents on Flying Over Warzones (PHOTOS)
Join the Conversation
- Jeremy Lin, Chandler Parsons React To 'Role Players' Label By James Harden
- 2014 Commonwealth Games Medal Tally: Games are Through Day 5 and Australia Continues to Dominate Count; Day 5 Highlights
- Roger Federer Not That Good If Different Surfaces Were To Exist – Giles Simon
- Commonwealth Games 2014 Live Stream: Athletics, Swimming Schedule & Results
- Dan Bilzerian Opens Up to Howard Stern, Poker Pro Admits He Once Had Sex with 16 Women in 12 Days
- Google Nexus 6, 8 with Android L on Release Date Promises Killer Mobile Device Experience
- iPhone 6 Release Date Relevance to iOS Newbies: Specs Meaning, Price Considerations
- Travel at Own Risk; Emirates, Qantas Differ on Flying over Iraq Warzone; Emirates Reroutes, Qantas Pushes On
- CCTV Footage Captured Children Being Beaten To Sleep And Physically Abused Inside Nursery
- Nexus 6 Likely Confirmed as Motorola 5.9-Inch Phablet on Release Date – Report