Martina Navratilova is a former U.S. tennis player of Czech origin. When she was fourteen she won her first national tournament and at the age of sixteen she was the best in the Czechoslovak ranking.
A legend in women's tennis, Martina Navratilova won 18 Grand Slam titles during her career. Martina Navratilova had great success at the individual level and in the doubles category. In the latter, Navratilova holds the historic Grand Slam record, with 31 titles. She has won 9 times the Wimbledon tournament, was two times winner of Roland Garros and three times winner of the Australian Open. Since the beginning of the Opens tennis era, no tennis player has won more singles tournaments than Navratilova (167), doubles (177) or matches (2189).
Martina Navratilova also received the WTA award for best tennis player up to seven times, keeping the world number 1 for 332 weeks. Navratilova decided to leave the tennis circuit after her last Grand Slam doubles final (US Open) at the age of 50. Martina Navratilova is now considered a crucial figure who took women's tennis to another level.
As one of the first tennis figures openly gay, Martina has dedicated part of her career to advocate for the rights of lesbians and gays, collaborating with multiple organizations of the collective.
Martina tenaciously promotes the establishment of goals and objectives, which has led her to motivate others through her books. In 2006, Martina Navratilova wrote Shape Your Self - a guide to health and fitness. In 1985 she launched her autobiography, written in collaboration with New York Times sports columnist George Vecsey, entitled Martina in the US and Being Myself in the rest of the world. She is also a regular commentator for the BBC.
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