Billie Jean King: the powerful voice behind San Diego tennis tournament

Billie Jean King: the powerful voice behind San Diego tennis tournament

At Wimbledon in 1968, Rod Laver and Billie Jean King became the first champions of the strawberries-and-cream crowd in tennis’ open era. When it came time to cash a paycheck, though, the shared experience ended.

Laver was paid roughly $2,600, while King walked away with $970. The loud and uncomfortably...