(Eds: With AP Photos.) By MELISSA MURPHY AP Sports Writer For Billie Jean King, 70 is the new 40.
The tennis great, who turns 70 in November, has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of equal prize money at the U.S. Open, the formation of the WTA tour and her victory against Bobby Riggs in the ''Battle of the Sexes'' match.
King was 29 when she accomplished those feats in 1973. On Tuesday, PBS will highlight her career with the national premiere of ''American Masters: Billie Jean King.''
The series' first profile of a sports figure focuses on the professional tennis tour's start amid the women's movement and features interviews with Gloria Steinem, Chris Evert, King's doubles partner Rosie Casals and her brother Randy Moffitt, a former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.
Thanks to King's efforts, Serena Williams earned a check for $2.6 million - the same as Rafael Nadal - for winning the U.S. Open.
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