Ex-husband of Billie Jean King no longer takes credit for her victories as Wimbledon drops the lady’s title

Wimbledon abandons the practice of using the “Miss” and “Mrs.” for the winners. The Women’s Winners Board will now be similar to the Men’s Board of Directors, meaning that Larry King will not receive any additional credits for a Billie Jean King victory. The tennis legend’s name was inscribed as “Ms. L.W. King” on the winners’ board reflecting her marriage to Larry King, an American attorney and real estate broker between 1965 and 1987. This would no longer be the case. Billie Jean King will now be recorded as “BJ King” on the Women’s Winners Board. Although Wimbledon abandoned the old practice of referring to women by their titles three years ago, the winners’ board still reflects the winners by honoring them. Wimbledon is now striving for more equality, the latest move mentioned before times. “It’s great to see Wimbledon making such an important change.” chirp king.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 7: General view of a previous winners’ panel depicting Fred Perry, displayed around the central court perimeter walkway on day 12 of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Men’s boards have always used only the first name and surname and now women’s names will follow the same format as well. For example, Roger Federer was written as “R. Federer” on the winner’s board. The women’s singles competition began in 1884 and the first winner, Maud Watson, who was not married, was listed as “Miss M. Watson”. Similarly, last year’s women’s singles champion Ashleigh Barty of Australia was included on the winners’ panel as ‘Miss Barty’. But the women’s champions who married at the time of victory were recorded as “Lady”. followed by their initials and their husbands surname. Chris Evert won her first singles title in 1976 and was recorded as “Miss CM Evert” on the honor board but her 1981 victory came after her marriage to John Lloyd and her name was registered as “Mrs. J.M. Lloyd”. The name has not changed despite the couple’s divorce in 1987. Similarly, Evonne Goolagong was recorded as “Mrs. R. Cawley” after her 1980 win. This will now be recorded as “E. Goolagong Cawley”.



The practice of Wimbledon was referring to the players by their titles until three years ago. Wimbledon spokeswoman Alexandra Willis said: “We have to move with the times. We hope to surprise people with the way we do it.” News.com.au. Many argued that it was in defense of equality while others argued that the competition was an abandonment of tradition. Novak Djokovic was among them. “I thought the tradition was very unique and special,” Djokovic said. “I thought it was nice. It’s amazing that they did it.” Willis argued that Wimbledon was not necessarily doing away with tradition but respecting players. “Some of the traditions – white clothes and playing on the lawn – are our greatest strengths and the things we do,” Willis said. “Others have to move with the times. You have to respect the wishes of the players. I suppose the challenge before us is how much history is rewritten.”

American tennis player Billie Jean King with her cups at Wimbledon after the tournament, UK, July 8, 1973. She holds the women’s singles cup, with the women’s doubles and mixed doubles cups on the table in front of her. In doing so she completed the coveted “triple crown”. (Photo by Harry Dempster/Express/Holton Archive/Getty Images)

The matter became a topic of debate after Serena Williams’ marriage to Alexis Ohanian. She has been a regular champion at Wimbledon for more than two decades, and her fans and others found it strange to hear the seven-time champion referred to as “Mrs. Williams” by the judges. Her sister Venus said at the time, “Janet Jackson had that song and she said ‘Miss Jackson.’ I love it. I’m Miss Williams.” When Djokovic was asked if he’d prefer to call Mr. Djokovic in court, he replied, ‘No, I really don’t. Mind. I mean, sure, if that’s the reason, then why not? I support it. It certainly isn’t easy to change or alter any traditions here that have been around for so many years,” the sun.

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Serena Williams of America shared a joke with Billie Jean King after defeating Simona Halep of Romania in the final during Day 7 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Tennis at Singapore Sports Center on October 26, 2014 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)