MARTINSVILLE, N.J., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the nationally-televised "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in Houston, Texas. The $100,000 winner-take-all event was viewed by an estimated 50 million people in the US and still holds the record for largest crowd at a tennis match on American soil.
Bobby Riggs a former Wimbledon champion and at age 55, was certainly past his prime. Still, the showman and self-described "male chauvinist pig" taunted some of the game's best female players into taking the bait to play him. 29-year-old Billie Jean King, a five-time Wimbledon champion and outspoken supporter for the still-expanding women's movement, agreed to play Riggs and prove that women were not inferior – on the court or elsewhere. Riggs, for months brushing aside women's tennis and women's fight for equality in general, emerged onto the court in a yellow jacket proclaiming himself as the spectacle's "Sugar Daddy."
King won the first set 6-4, attaining the final point on a double-fault by Riggs. Although Riggs started off strong by breaking King's serve in the first game of the second set, he would struggle and eventually lose the second set by a 6-3 margin. A clearly energized King would then go on to win the third set 6-3 as well, winning in straight sets.
King's victory in the "Battle of the Sexes" turned her into what many consider to be the first female superstar athlete in the history of U.S. sports. The signature win, along with the passage of Title IX which called for equal funding for women's sports teams a year before, are often credited with sparking a boom in women's sports. In fact, tennis is the only major sport in the world where prize money for the top tournaments are now equal for men and women after Wimbledon became the last Grand Slam Tournament to equalize the prize in 2007.
In honor of that iconic match in 1973 whose effects are still felt today, Condor Capital Wealth Management will be holding its own version of the "Battle of the Sexes" match at the 2013 Condor Capital Charity Open on December 3rd, 2013!
In Bobby Riggs's memory, 47-year-old Luke Jensen, who won the French Open Men's Doubles with his brother in 1993, will don his own yellow jacket with "Sugar Daddy" emblazoned on the back. Dubbed "Dual Hand Luke" because of his ability to serve at 130 MPH with both hands, he'll try to avenge the gentlemen's loss from 40 years ago against Alison Riske, a 23-year-old rising American star ranked #58 on the women's tour.
Alison gears up for the big match with Luke after defeating former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round of the 2013 U.S. Open just a few months ago. Will she be able to pull off a victory like Billie Jean did 40 years ago? Or will Luke step up and score a win for the men? There's only one way to find out who will hold bragging rights at the 2013 Battle of the Sexes match!
The second-ever Condor Capital Charity Open will be held on December 3rd, 2013 at Courtside Racquet Club in Lebanon, NJ. Alongside Condor, key sponsors include Metropolitan Seafood and Gourmet, AAA Worldwide Transportation, Peapack Gladstone Bank, and PFP – Perry Koplik. This year's event will benefit the Children's Development Center at Hunterdon Medical Center, as well as the Hunterdon YMCA and National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).
In addition to Luke and Alison, the event will feature Jimmy Arias (Ranked #6 in the world in '83), Katrina Adams (Ranked #8 in Women's Doubles/USTA First VP), and Christina McHale (Currently #71 and an up-and-comer). As if this impressive group of Pros wasn't enough, acting as the MC for what will prove to be an entertaining charity event is none other than New Jersey's very own Joe Piscopo of SNL fame! The day will feature an Open Clinic and Pro-Am where attendees can pick up a racquet and actively participate, a gathering of VIPs to meet the Pros and enjoy some good food, and finally some exciting tennis matches highlighted by our rendition of the Battle of the Sexes!
For tickets please contact Courtside Racquet Club at 908-713-1144.
Founded in 1988, Condor Capital is an employee-owned, SEC-registered investment advisor based in Martinsville, N.J. employing 15 professional and support staff. Since Condor is a fee-only investment management firm, its fees are based on portfolio size, not sales commissions or number of trades. For more information on Condor Capital, please visit www.condorcapital.com or call 732-356-7323.
Contact: Ken Schapiro, firstname.lastname@example.org
SOURCE Condor Capital