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A Long Way Baby

Women’s tennis saw a torrent of change between Maud Watson’s singles championship at 1884’s first Wimbledon and Billie Jean King’s defeat of Bobby Riggs in 1973’s famous “The Battle of the Sexes.” Far more than just a move from long dresses and large hats to short skirts and colorful outfits though, the state of women’s tennis in the early 1970s mirrored women’s evolving status in western society at large. A Long Way Baby looks at the 1973 Virginia Slims tour, and the style and grace on display from several of the best tennis players of all time. Chris Evert, Billie Jean King, Margaret Court, and Evonne Goolagong are shown competing for the 1973 US Open Championship, in a film that captures the time when women’s tennis – and the issues its players faced every day – was put on the map for good.