The birth of women’s tennis in Houston, Texas. These original nine women tennis players signed a $1 contract with Gladys Heldman, publisher of World Tennis Magazine and risked being banned from the sport. Bottom left: Judy Dalton, Kerry Melville (Reid), Rosie Casals, Gladys Heldman, Kristy Pigeon. Top left: Valerie Zingenfuss, Billie Jean King, Nancy Richey (Gunther) and Peaches Bartkowitz, September 1970.
Photo credit: Houston Public Library, HMRC