Martina Navratilova reveals double cancer diagnosis. Martina Navratilova is a retired Czech and American professional tennis player. She is considered one of the greatest female tennis players of all time and has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and a record 31 major women’s doubles titles. Navratilova was born on October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She began playing tennis at a young age and turned professional in 1975. In 1981, she defected to the United States and became an American citizen in 1981.
Navratilova won her first Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in 1978, and she went on to win 17 more Grand Slam singles titles, including nine Wimbledons, four US Opens, three Australian Opens, and one French Open. She also won a record 31 major women’s doubles titles, including 16 Wimbledons, 10 US Opens, and three Australian Opens. In addition, Navratilova won the women’s doubles title at all four Grand Slam events, completing a “Career Grand Slam” in women’s doubles.
Navratilova was known for her fitness and aggressive style of play, and she was one of the first players to use a two-handed backhand. She was also a strong doubles player and won a record 20 Wimbledon titles, including nine in women’s doubles and six in mixed doubles. Navratilova retired from professional tennis in 2006 and has since been active in humanitarian and philanthropic causes. She has also been involved in promoting LGBT rights and is an openly gay athlete.
- In addition to her Grand Slam titles, Navratilova won 167 singles titles and 177 doubles titles, making her one of the most successful players in the history of professional tennis.
- She spent a total of 332 weeks ranked as the world No. 1 in singles, and a record 237 weeks ranked as the world No. 1 in doubles.
- Navratilova was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year three times (1982, 1984, 1986) and the WTA Tour’s Player of the Year four times (1981, 1982, 1984, 1986).
- She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000.
- Navratilova has written several books, including her autobiography “Martina” (1985) and a number of health and fitness books.
- In addition to her work as a tennis player and author, Navratilova has been involved in various humanitarian and philanthropic causes. She has supported organizations such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign, and has worked to raise awareness about breast cancer.
- Navratilova is an advocate for LGBT rights and is openly gay. She was one of the first high-profile athletes to come out as gay, and has been a vocal supporter of marriage equality and other LGBT issues.
Martina navratilova husband
Martina Navratilova was married to Toni Layton from 1991 to 1993. Navratilova is openly gay and has been in a relationship with Julia Lemigova since 2014. Lemigova is a former model and beauty queen from Russia who was crowned Miss USSR in 1990. Navratilova and Lemigova were married in a ceremony in New York City in 2014.