Athlete Profile: Martina Navratilova

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Athlete Profile: Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova is one of the greatest tennis players that has ever lived. With 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam doubles titles, and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles, Navratilova was a force to be reckoned with on all surfaces throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. She also holds the record for most singles titles in the Open Era, with 167 total singles titles. Navratilova will forever be remembered for bringing a level of professionalism to women’s tennis unseen before her arrival. Her commitment to fitness and training set a new standard within the women’s game. It can be argued that without Navratilova, the modern women’s game would not exist as it does.

All that being said, it was at Wimbledon that she shone the brightest, amounting nine singles titles, seven doubles titles, and four mixed doubles titles. Her last title, the 2003 mixed doubles, came at 46 years of age! Navratilova’s serve and volley game and her ability to attack the net is what allowed her to be so successful at Wimbledon. It’s the reason she made a record breaking 12 singles Wimbledon finals in her career, beating future Hall of Fame players such as Chris Evert (5 times) and Steffi Graf. It’s also the reason why she was so good in doubles. Let’s check out some other great stats from this former number one.

Six-time year-end number one
Eight-year end WTA Finals championships
Four Fed Cup wins
International Hall of Fame 2000

It hasn’t been all success on the court though. Martina has coached top ten players like Agy Radwanska and has been a fixture on the tennis commentary circuit for many years now. Her commentating style has made her very popular with tennis fans, as she’s usually pretty forthcoming and direct, and not afraid of a little controversy. You can routinely hear her calling matches and doing analysis at most major tournaments.

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