NEW YORK (AP) – Billie Jean King has a memory this summer and she calls it a journey to her “authentic self”.
Alfred A. Knopf announced on Thursday that “All In: An Autobiography” would be released on August 17th. It will cover the highlights of her acclaimed and groundbreaking tennis career, including her 39 Grand Slam titles and her loss to Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes” match in 1973.
77-year-old King will also write about her activism for women in tennis and beyond, as well as private struggles like eating disorders and recognition of her sexual identity. She was married to Larry King (unrelated to the late broadcaster) for more than a decade before being withdrawn from circulation in 1981. She said she wasn’t entirely comfortable being gay until she was 51.
“The first thing I knew was that the world I wanted didn’t yet exist,” writes King in her book, based on an excerpt from Knopf. “It would be up to my generation to make it.”
King is also the author of “Printing Is a Privilege: Lessons Learned from Life and the Battle of the Sexes,” published in 2008. King published a memoir in the early 1980s entitled “Billie Jean King: The Autobiography “says she kicked it out at the urging of her then-manager, who was worried about her finances after her trip.
“This book was incomplete and written at a time when I was unwilling to share my truth,” she said in a statement to The Associated Press. “‘All In’ is the first full portrait of my life told in my own words.”
“All In” is edited by Jonathan Segal, who worked on memoirs by Andre Agassi and Arthur Ashe.