Movie Magic: Gear Inspired By “Battle Of The Sexes”

by: Jon Levey | September 27, 2017

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Opening nationwide on September 29—and currently receiving 86% on Rotten Tomatoes—"Battle of the Sexes" is the retelling of the historic 1973 exhibition match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Tennis fans are certainly familiar with the celebrated event, and readers of this site are undoubtedly aware of the movie’s impending release. Now they can help celebrate it while donating to a good cause in the process.

To commemorate the film and raise awareness and funds for the Women’s Sports Foundation—an organization founded by King to help create leaders by providing girls access to sports—Wilson has created “Battle of the Sexes” inspired gear, with 50% of the proceeds from sales going to the WSF.

The Billie Jean King 1.0 racquet design was created on the Wilson Custom Racquet Shop. After saving up enough money ($8.29) King bought her first Wilson racquet at age 11 at Brown’s Sporting Goods in California. She fell in love with the purple frame and slept with it every night. Fans can choose select Blade, Burn or Pro Staff frames on the Wilson Custom Racquet Shop (prices start at $250 and vary depending on model) and can adopt King’s favored color scheme.

The Battle of the Sexes Limited Edition Duffel Bag ($70) is a replica of the Wilson red duffel seen in the film. It features a main compartment to store gear and shoes, as well as a side pocket to house any smaller valuables or items.

Designed by New York-based illustrator, Kali Ciesemier, the women’s Battle of the Sexes Commemorative T-shirt ($34) captures the match that became a cultural lightning rod and one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. The heather gray shirt is available in sizes XS-XL.

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