Martina Navratilova Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Boyfriend, Net Worth & More

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Who is Martina Navratilova?

Martina Navratilova, born October 18, 1956, is a Czech-American former professional tennis player and coach. Widely considered among the greatest female tennis players of all time, Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles, and 10 major mixed doubles titles, for a combined total of 59 major titles, marking the Open Era record for the most Grand Slam titles won by a single player. 

She reached the Wimbledon singles final 12 times, including for nine consecutive years from 1982 through 1990, and won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon a record nine times (surpassing Helen Wills Moody‘s eight Wimbledon titles), including a run of six consecutive titles.

Martina Navratilova calls Amit Shah’s praise for Modi a joke

Martina Navratilova calls Amit Shah’s praise for Modi a joke

Martina Navratilova, the tennis legend who torments the Right-wing ecosystem in India with her occasional tweets, has this time hit where it hurts the most.

“And for my next joke…” Navratilova tweeted on Sunday night, adding an emoticon for astonishment and another that resembles a clown.

Below the tweet, she had added a tweet on a news report that said “Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not a ‘dictator’ but the most democratic leader the country has ever seen”….

One Twitter user thanked Navratilova while another referred to the backlash that was activated when singer Rihanna tweeted on the farmers’ protest.

Navratilova has been sticking to her Twitter bio motto — “Time to speak out now” — unfailingly. In 2016, she had drawn the ire of Indian trolls when she shared on Twitter an article on the crackdown on JNU students.

Matina Navratilova Biography, Wiki

Navratilova was born Martina Subertova on October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now known as the Czech Republic). Her parents divorced when she was three, and Navratilova and her mother, Jana, relocated from a ski lodge in the Krkonose Mountains for a new life just outside of Prague. As a result, Navratilova never grew close to her father, Miroslav Subert, a complicated man who suffered from depression and later killed himself after the demise of his second marriage.

In 1962, Navratilova’s mother remarried, to a man named Mirek Navrátil. Navratilova eventually took her stepfather’s last name, tweaking it slightly by adding a feminine “ova” at the end. Navratilova and her new father grew close, with Mirek becoming her first tennis coach.

The game was certainly in Navratilova’s blood. Her grandmother had been an international player who had upset the mother of Vera Sukova, a 1962 Wimbledon finalist, in a national tournament. Navratilova’s own tennis instincts were coupled with a passion for improvement. At the age of four, she was hitting tennis balls off of a cement wall. By age seven, she was playing regularly, working with Mirek, and spending hours on the court each day, working on her strokes and footwork.

At age nine, Navratilova began taking lessons from Czech champion George Parma, who further refined the young player’s game. At age 15, she won the Czech national championship. In 1973, at 16, she turned pro and began competing in the United States.

Martina Navratilova Biography
Martina Navratilova
Country (sports) Czechoslovakia
(1956–1975)
 United States
ResidenceMiami, Florida, U.S.
BornOctober 18, 1956 (age 64)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro1975
Retired2006
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand), born right-handed
Prize moneyUS$21,626,0891
7th in all-time rankings

Martina Navratilova Career

Martina went on to win the national championship in her home country in 1973 when she was barely 15. In order to get better exposure in the professional circuit, she left her homeland and defected to the U.S. She debuted as a professional tennis player in 1975 while she was still in her teens.

She reached the final of the Australian Open and the French Open but lost to Evonne Goolagong and Chris Evert Lloyd respectively. Navratilova won laurels in 1978 when she beat Chris Evert Lloyd at her first Grand Slam tournament at Wimbledon.

She went on to defend her Wimbledon title the next year as well by beating Lloyd. The 1980s saw Martina Navratilova emerging as a dominant player in the women’s tennis circuit.

In 1981 she won yet another Grand Glam (her third) during the Australian Open. The following year brought in twin delights in the form of the French Open and the Wimbledon crowns that Martina won effortlessly.

She lost just six matches during 1982-1984. She won 18 grand slam singles, 31 doubles, and 10 Grand Slams in the mixed doubles category. Of all her successes in the circuit, Wimbledon was probably the greatest, where she played 12 singles finals and won 9 titles.

In 2003 Navratilova won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon and went on to repeat the feat by winning the U.S. Open.

Martina Navratilova Personal Life

In 1981, Martina Navratilova publicly admitted that she is bisexual and lesbian. She also said that she was in a sexual relationship with Rita Mae Brown.

Between 1984 and 1991 Navratilova got into a long-term relationship with Judy Nelson whom she met in Fort Worth during a tournament. She has co-written an instruction book on tennis along with Mary Carillo in 1982. She went on to pen her autobiography, which was co-written with George Vecsey, the then sports columnist at ‘The New York Times’.

She is a gay activist and won the National Equality Award instituted by the Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay and lesbian group in the country.

Martina Navratilova Awards and Achievements

  • She was declared female athlete of the decade collectively by the Associated Press, National Sports Review and United Press International.
  • She won the prestigious Flo Hyman Award instituted by the Women’s Sports Foundation.She shattered Helen Wills Moody’s record after winning her ninth Wimbledon singles championship.Her contributions to tennis won her WTA’s David Gray award in 1996.
  • She was declared the Team of the Year in 1977 at the WTA tour, along with Betty Stove, and Billie Jean King during 1978-79.Martina became the Wimbledon champion during 1978-79, and went on to become the Australian Open champion in 1981.
  • She was in WTA Team of the Year yet again during 1981-89 along with Pam Shriver.Women’s Sports Foundation declared her sportswoman of the year consecutively from 1982 to 1984.She won six Wimbledon championships in a row from 1982 to 1987.
  • She was voted Female Athlete of the Year by Associated Press in 1983.
  • Martina won the French and U.S. Championships in 1984 and followed that up by winning the Australian Open Championship in 1985.

Martina Navratilova Recent Years

In April 2010, Navratilova revealed that she had breast cancer. After six months of treatment, she became cancer-free.

In retirement, Navratilova hasn’t completely stayed out of the public eye. In March 2012, she made her debut on Dancing with the Stars. She’s also continued to remain active. Navratilova still regularly plays tennis and competes in triathlons. Additionally, she has served as a fitness ambassador for the American Association of Retired Persons.

In 2008, Navratilova announced plans to open an academy for young tennis players in her home country, the Czech Republic.

Martina Navratilova FAQ’s

Who is Martina Navratilova?

Martina Navratilova, born October 18, 1956, is a Czech-American former professional tennis player and coach. Widely considered among the greatest female tennis players of all time, Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles, and 10 major mixed doubles titles, for a combined total of 59 major titles, marking the Open Era record for the most Grand Slam titles won by a single player. 

Is Martina Navratilova bisexual?

In 1981, Martina Navratilova publicly admitted that she is bisexual and lesbian. She also said that she was in a sexual relationship with Rita Mae Brown.

What is Martina Navratilova’s age?

Currently, Martina Navratilova is 64 years old.

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