People, May 28, 1973

"I'm the women's champion of the world now," crowed Robert L. Riggs, 55, about his $12,500 win over Margaret Smith Court, 30. Serving taunting sidearm twisters, sky-high lobs and—surprise!—zinging aces, Riggs took just 57 minutes to defeat Mrs. Court, the current queen of women's tennis, 6-2, 6-1.

Immediately after that match, the runty tennis hustler talked about a women's match "to see who gets to play me next.

Let the girls fight it out." Riggs has turned down matches with both Billie Jean King and Chris Evert—with purses of $10,000 and $50,000. "There won't...

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