Martina Navratilova, arguably the greatest tennis player of all-time, revolutionised women’s tennis with her superb athleticism and raised the sport to an entirely new level. She is not only a tennis legend, but an inspirational leader and sports speaker who demonstrates wit, candour, and sheer motivation. Martina Navratilova has amassed an unmatched number of professional records during a career that spanned an amazing four decades, while proving herself to be one of the most intriguing, outspoken, and respected figures of the 20th century – and now the 21st century.
Martina Navratilova has won an astonishing 59 Grand Slam titles, and beyond this, a total of 167 singles titles and 179 doubles titles, all-time records for tennis players, male or female. By the time she retired in 1994, she had amassed a staggering number of records, including 168 pro singles titles, breaking Chris Evert’s previous record of 157. She set a new record with nine Wimbledon championships and more singles matches than anyone in tennis history with a 1,438-212 won-lost record. She holds 165 doubles titles and earned more than $20 million in prize money.
Her staunch support of many social issues, such as women’s issues, gay rights, ethical treatment of animals, environmental protection, and AIDS research, have made her a powerful keynote speaker as well. Through her television appearances, speaking engagements, and tennis commentaries, Martina Navratilova has become well known for her humour, forthrightness and determination. In addition, she is an accomplished writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and her most recently book, Shape Your Self, is a guide to personal fitness and healthy living.
Martina was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia and became a US citizen in 1981, after seeking political asylum six years earlier. For years, she was considered such a non-person in her native land that both her name and photos were erased from record books throughout the then-Eastern Bloc country. In 1986 she returned to her homeland as a US citizen and led the US to a Federation Cup victory, just as she had done 11 years before for Czechoslovakia.
Martina supports a number of non-profit organisations and charitable causes, including work to benefit under-privileged children, environmental organisations, gay rights and PETA.
Martina was named by ESPN as one of the “20 Greatest Athletes of the Century”, one of only two women on that list. Martina was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July, 2000.
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