Martina Navratilova

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Martina Navratilova

Born

10/18/1956, Prague, Czech Republic

Birth Name

Martina Navratilova

Gender

Female
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Biography

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Martina Navratilova once had a 74 match winning streak during her tennis career. She was one of the greatest female players of all time and has worked as an analyst for the sport after retirement.

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  • Trivia

    • On July 4, 2006, Martina announced her plans to retire at the end of the year.

    • The Women's Sports Foundation awarded Martina the Flo Hyman Award in 1987.

    • Navratilova tied Steffi Graf's record of being named the WTA Player of the Year seven times.

    • From 1982-1984, Navratilova was named the Women's Sports Foundation "Sportswoman of the Year."

    • In the 1990's, Navratilova was named "Female Athlete of the Decade" by both the AP and the UPI.

    • Martina released her autobiography, Martina, in 1985. She also co-wrote three mystery novels in the 1990s.

    • The character of Martina Zoana Mel Navratilova from the animé series Slayers was named after Martina Navratilova.

    • Martina was born in Revnice near Prague, Czechoslovakia. She defected to the U.S. in 1975 and became a U.S. citizen in 1981.

    • Martina's stats list her height at 5'8" and her weight at 145 pounds.

    • Martina plays left-handed.

    • Martina's latest book involving health, fitness, and nutrition secrets is entitled Shape Your Self and was released by Rodale in April, 2006.

    • In addition to tennis, Martina says she enjoys ice hockey, mountain biking, scuba diving, skiing, snow boarding, basketball, golf, horseback riding, and doing anything involving a ball.

    • Martina won seven WTA Tour doubles titles in 2003, beating women less than half her age, and becoming the oldest woman to ever win a WTA event.

    • Martina Navratilova won 20 grand slam doubles titles with Pam Shriver, tying Louise Brough and Doris Hart. Also with Pam, Martina has a record 110 match doubles win streak spanning over a two year period.

    • Martina Navratilova won the 2003 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles title, tying Billie Jean King's record of 20 Wimbledon titles.

    • Martina won the Australian Open Mixed Doubles title in 2003, the only Grand Slam title that had eluded her during her career. With this win, she also became the oldest player ever to win a Grand Slam event and only the second player ever to have won all grand slam titles, Margaret Court being the other one.

    • Navratilova supports numerous non-profit organizations and charities including those involving the environment, animal rights, under-privileged children, and gay rights.

    • Navratilova was ranked #19 on ESPN's list of "100 Greatest Athletes of the Century."

    • Martina was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000.

    • In 1984, Martina set the record for the longest consecutive match win streak at 74.

    • Martina has won both singles and doubles titles at the same event a record 84 times.

    • Navratilova has won more singles matches than anyone in tennis history with a 1,440-213 win-loss record.

    • Martina holds a record nine Wimbledon singles titles.

    • Throughout her career, Martina captured 168 singles titles, more than any man or woman, and 178 doubles titles.

    • Martina was ranked #1 in the world for seven years.

    • The Martina Navratilova/Chris Evert rivalry has been called one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. The two met 80 times, 60 of which were in finals. Overall, Martina led the rivalry by a margin of 43 - 37.

    • Martina played on the U.S. Olympic team in 2004.

    • Through the course of her career, Martina has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 9 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

    • Martina's first coach was her step-father Miroslav Navrátil.

    • Martina began playing on the professional tour in 1973 when she was just 16.

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