Bobby Riggs and Jack Kramer:
The Road to Extinction

Tom LeCompte

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A blizzard couldn't keep 15,000 fans from the inaugural tour match.

After his loss to Bobby Riggs on opening night of their 1947 tour in front of 15,000 fans in blizzard conditions in New York (Click here), Jack Kramer admitted he had been nervous.

He said also that he had trouble adjusting to the indoor conditions and the canvas court. "But that's no alibi," Kramer said. "I got jittery and missed the easy ones."

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Tom LeCompte is a freelance writer based in Boston. He is the author of the acclaimed biography: The Last Sure Thing: The Life and Times of Bobby Riggs.

The Last Sure Thing: The Life and Times of Bobby Riggs.

Bobby Riggs was a gifted champion who dominated tennis in both the amateur and pro ranks, winning 3 Grand Slam singles titles, and 3 U.S. professional titles. He was a life long opponent of the tennis establishment, a hustler who had an obsessive gambling proclivity and a troubled family history. His playing accomplishments were overshadowed by the hype surrounding his stunning straight set loss to Billie Jean King in the 1973 Battle of the Sexes. Read the real story of one of the great personalities in tennis history.

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