Biography

Martina Navratilova is, in the words of Billie Jean King, “the greatest singles, doubles, and mixed doubles player who’s ever lived,” taking women’s tennis to a new level with her fitness, speed, determination, and agility.

In 1975, at the age of 18 years old and after losing the US Open semi-final, Martina walked into the US Immigration and Naturalization Service in New York City and informed them she wanted to defect from Soviet-controlled communist Czechoslovakia.

Career

Martina’s on-court tennis achievements speak for themselves, winning a total of 59 Grand Slam titles (18 singles, 31 ladies doubles and 10 mixed doubles) in an outstanding career.

Martina is the only tennis player to have spent over 200 weeks as world number one in both singles and doubles. She holds the record of nine Wimbledon singles titles, comprising half of her 18 Grand Slam singles titles.

She won 31 Grand Slam titles in women’s doubles, complemented by 10 mixed doubles titles.

Martina is one of only three women to win singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles at each of the four Grand Slams: the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Her last Grand Slam victory was in the 2006 US Open mixed doubles, a month shy of her 50th birthday.

In her 33-year professional tennis career, Martina won 354 titles, 167 of them in singles.

Her decades-long rivalry with Chris Evert is considered one of the greatest in sports history, with Martina holding a 43-37 advantage. Off-court, they continue to be best of friends!

Since retiring at almost 50, Martina has forged a career in other fields and also provides her articulate, intelligent, and sometimes outspoken commentary on the Tennis Channel, BBC’s Wimbledon coverage, Amazon Prime Video, and SKY.

Martina now spends her time between being at home and traveling the world extensively, speaking on various issues and participating in other corporate activities.

Martina speaks on various diverse topics as a keynote speaker, adapted to suit the occasion. Martina brings the passion and commitment she demonstrated on the tennis court to issues close to her heart, such as women’s issues, gay rights, underprivileged children, animal rights, environmental protection, AIDS research, and breast cancer awareness. She often intersperses her talks and Q&As with anecdotes of her own life, on and off the court, sharing an affinity with the audience.

Martina has also made a number of television appearances, including I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!, Dancing with the Stars, the Netflix series The Politician, Will and Grace, and a 1983 episode of Hart to Hart.

Books

As well as her autobiography Martina Navratilova: Being Myself, Martina has written Tennis My Way, an instruction guide in tennis for women and Shape Your Self: My 6- Step Diet and Fitness Plan to Achieve the Best Shape of Your Life.

She has written about the mental health of gay American teenagers in Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America.

Martina has also written three mystery thrillers featuring fictional former tennis champion Jordan Myles: The Total Zone, Killer Instinct and Breaking Point.

Awards

Martina was seven times named Player of the Year by the Women’s Tennis Association, the International Tennis Federation’s World Champion six times and Associated Press Female Athlete of the year twice.

For her campaigning activism, Martina received the national Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group in the United States.

In 2003, she was presented with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2006, she was given the Czech Sport Legend Award.

In 2009, Martina was awarded the International Tennis Federation’s highest accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, for her contributions to tennis both on and off the court.

In 2016, Martina was made an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge.

Personal Life

Martina lives on a small family farm in Florida with her wife and several animals.

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Martina was truly an outstanding speaker who not only naturally captures the audience with her knowledge, passion, strong sense of confidence, and charming attitude, but also stays on a message, purposefully and eloquently, throughout a speech.
– AARP

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