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'Battle of the Sexes' Trailer Highlights 1973 Tennis Match

'Battle of the Sexes' Trailer Highlights 1973 Tennis Match
(Screengrab via "Battle of the Sexes" trailer)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 May 2017 09:55 AM EDT

The "Battle of the Sexes" trailer has been released, highlighting once again the iconic 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

King was ranked No. 1 in the world, at the time, and Riggs was a retired champion, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

This showdown made is known to this day as one of the most-watched televised sporting events of all time.

The match sparked a conversation on gender equality and placed a focus on the feminist movement, according to USA Today.

Emma Stone will star in the film as King, while actor Steve Carell will play Riggs, the Daily Mail noted.

In the film, Riggs comes out of retirement for the co-ed match, one that he deemed the "battle of the sexes."

"I have a great idea! Male chauvinist pig versus hairy-legged feminist!" Riggs (Carell) says to King over the phone in the movie. "You’re still a feminist right?"

"I am a tennis player who happens to be a woman," King (Stone) replied. "By the way, I shave my legs."

At first, King turns Riggs down, but after his persistence and provoking tactics, she finally agrees to the tennis challenge.

"I’m not saying that women don’t belong on the court, who would pick up the balls otherwise?" Riggs said in the film.

"Keep talking Bobby, the more nonsense you spout, the worse it’s going to be when you lose," King said.

"Battle of the Sexes" will appear on the big screen in September.

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