Martina Navratilova

A tennis legend who took women's tennis to a new level with her speed, determination, and agility


Martina Navratilova is a Czech–born American former professional tennis player, widely regarded as one of the greatest female tennis players of all time, dominating the sport throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

She was ranked as the world No. 1 in singles for a total of 332 weeks for a record 237 weeks in doubles, making her the only player in history to have held the top spot in both disciplines for over 200 weeks. 

Known for her attacking style of play and exceptional fitness, Navratilova revolutionised women's tennis by introducing a more aggressive and athletic approach to the game. Her serve-and-volley tactics, powerful groundstrokes, and exceptional volleying skills set new standards for the sport.

Navratilova's tennis career was marked by remarkable achievements and records. She won a total of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, including a record nine Wimbledon championships. She also claimed 31 Grand Slam doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, bringing her total to an impressive 59 major titles.

Following her retirement from playing, she became a respected commentator and advocate for the sport. As one of the first openly gay sports figures, she has been a vocal advocate for gender equality in sports and a strong supporter of many charities benefiting the LGBTQ+ community.

Awards and Accomplishments

Awards and Accomplishments

Martina is one of only three players ever to complete the career boxed set by winning all the 4 grand slams in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. 

She was distinguished as the WTA’s ‘Tour Player of the Year’ seven times and named the ‘Female Athlete of the Year’ by the Associated Press in 1983 and 1986. 

In ESPN’s critically acclaimed ‘Sports Century’ series, she was ranked No. 19 on the list of the ‘Top 100 North American Athletes’ of the 20th Century.

Why Martina Navratilova ?

Martina Navratilova’s impact on the world of tennis and her contributions to social progress have left an indelible mark on the sport and society as a whole. Her legacy as a tennis icon and trailblazer continues to inspire generations of athletes and advocates striving for equality and inclusion.

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