Martina Navratilova is a Czech and American retired tennis player and coach. In 2005, the Tennis magazine selected her as the greatest female tennis player from the year 1965 to 2005. Navratilova was a world no.1 player for a total of 332 weeks in singles and made a record of 237 weeks in doubles.
Navratilova was born and raised in Prague, Czechoslovakia on October 18, 1956. Her parents separated when she was three. Navratilova was born to Mirek Subert and Jana Navratilova. Her mother was a gymnast, tennis player, and ski instructor.
In 2008, Navratilova mother died of emphysema at 75. She has a sister named Jana and older paternal half-brother. Her mother was also a tennis player for Czechoslovak Federation.
At the age of 17, Navratilova bagged her first professional single titles in Orlando, Florida. Upon arriving in the United States, Navratilova becomes the runner-up at two major singles tournament in 1975. Navratilova lost in the final in Australian Open to Evonne Goolagong and French Open to Chris Evert over in three sets.
Navratilova holds the record of most single titles (167) and most double titles (177). She is one of the most dominant players from 1982 to 1986. Over five consecutive seasons, she won 428 of 442 single matches and has a slugging winning percentage of 96.8. Navratilova and Pam Shriver one of the most accomplished women’s double teams; together they won 109 consecutive matches and 4 major titles.
In December 2014, Navratilova joined as a coaching staff of to Agnieszka Radwanska’s. However, in April 2015, Radwanska struggled in her first half season and pair decided to part ways.
Personal Life & Affairs
Shortly after holding American nationality in 1981, Navratilova mentioned about her sexuality in an interview with New York Daily News. She came out as a bisexual and had the sexual relationship with an American writer Rita Mae Brown. Upon splitting up with Brown, Navratilova started dating Nancy Lieberman.
From 1984 to 1991, she was engaged in a long-term affair with Judy Nelson who is an American author. On Sep 6, 2014, Navratilova proposed her longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova who is a Russian businessperson and former Miss USSR 1990. They conducted their marriage on Dec 15, 2014, in New York.
Navratilova and her spouse
Navratilova loves to watch tennis. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic are some of her favorites. In 1985, Navratilova released an autobiography, The auto biography titled Martina in the U.S and Being Myself in the Rest of the World co-written with The New York Times columnist George Vecsey.
Moreover, she also written three mystery novels named Total Zone (1994), Breaking Point (1996), and Killer Instinct (1997). Navratilova has love towards the humanity. She involved in charities and social work that beneficial to animal rights, underprivileged children, and gay rights.
Net Worth & Salary
Having involved over a decade in the field of tennis, Navratilova has accumulated a huge amount of net worth from her career earnings. She has an estimated net worth of $15 million dollars.
Martina Navratilova with her pets
Navratilova has collections of several cars on her list. Range Rover, Mercedez Benz, Porsche are some of her favorites.