Martina Navrátilová

(*1956)

Martina Navrátilová, one of the most successful female tennis players of all time. A native of Prague, she played in her first tennis tournament at eight years of age. A left-handed player who ranked number one in Czechoslovakia from 1972 to 1975, she won international notice when she led her team to victory in the 1975 Federation Cup. In that year she decided to stay in the USA and ask for political asylum. She became an American citizen in 1981. She was world number one in both women’s singles and doubles for several years. She has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 40 doubles titles. She has won Wimbledon nine times, a record that has not yet been broken. Her decades-long rivalry with Chris Evert is considered one of the greatest in sports history. She is, more than anyone else,
known for taking women’s tennis to an entirely new level with her speed, aggression, and fitness. She speaks openly about her lesbian sexual orientation.