Julie Heldman on Peyote, Billie Jean King, and Her Bipolar Disorder

Plus, the backroom politics that led to her getting blacklisted from NBC.

Welcome to The Post Game, a podcast about the game after the game. On each episode, Kent State standout and the host of the program, Trevor Huffman, speaks with a former pro athlete about life after sports, transitioning to new careers and the stories of what happens after the lights go out. This week, Trevor speaks with former WTA trailblazer Julie Heldman.

Heldman is known as one of the “OG’s of tennis”, a member of the Original 9 who launched the Virginia Slims Circuit to combat pay inequality between male and female tennis players. She joins the program to discuss the early days of women’s professional tennis, the verbal and psychological abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother, her rift with Billie Jean King, and building an illustrious career after tennis.

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Julie’s book, “Driven: A Daughter’s Odyssey” is available now.

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