Robert Larimore Riggs was born 2/25/1918 in Los Angeles, California. Died 10/25/1995 at age 77 from prostate cancer in Encinitas, California.
Professional Tennis Player
Riggs won 6 amateur Grand Slam titles and 4 professional Grand Slam titles He was ranked # 1 in 1946 and 1947. Riggs later became popular when he challenged the two best female tennis players, Margaret Court and Billie Jean King, in order to prove that male athletes were better than female athletes no matter the age (he was 55 years old). He beat Court but lost to Billie Jean King.
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame