Martina Navratilova Profile

  • The winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles, and 9 Wimbledon single’s championships, Navratilova has been hailed as the greatest tennis player of her time.

  • One of the first celebrities to come out at the height of her career, Navratilova was a trailblazer for gay and lesbian rights and acceptance in society.

  • At age 18, Navratilova made the courageous and dramatic move of defecting from communist Czechoslovakia, sacrificing her family and home life so that she could pursue her dream of being one of the best tennis players in the world.
  • Martina Navratilova is, in the words of Billie Jean King, “the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who’s ever lived”, taking women’s tennis to a new level with her fitness, speed, determination and agility. In 1975, at the age of 18 years old and after losing the US Open semi-final, Martina walked into the US Immigration and Naturalisation Service in New York City and informed them she wanted to defect from Soviet controlled communist Czechoslovakia.

    Martina’s on-court tennis achievements speak for themselves, winning a total of 59 Grand Slam titles (18 singles, 31 ladies doubles and 10 mixed doubles) in an outstanding career.

    Martina is the only tennis player to have spent more than 200 weeks as world number one in both singles and doubles. She holds the record of nine Wimbledon singles titles, comprising half of her 18 Grand Slam singles titles.

    In women’s doubles she won 31 Grand Slam titles complemented by 10 mixed
    doubles titles.

    Martina is one of only three women to win singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles at each of the four Grand Slams, being the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Her last Grand Slam victory was in the 2006 US Open mixed doubles, a month shy of her 50th birthday.

    In her 33-year professional tennis career Martina won 354 titles, 167 of them in singles.

    Her decades long rivalry with Chris Evert is considered one of the greatest in sports history, with Martina holding a 43-37 advantage. Off-court, they continue to be best of friends!

    Since retiring at almost 50, Martina has forged a career in other fields and also provides her articulate, intelligent and sometimes outspoken commentary on the Tennis Channel, BBC’s Wimbledon coverage, Amazon Prime Video and SKY.

    Martina now spends her time between being at home and travelling the world
    extensively, giving speaking engagements on a variety of issues and taking part in other corporate activities.

    As a keynote speaker, Martina speaks on a variety of diverse topics, adapted to suit the occasion. Martina brings the passion and commitment she demonstrated on the tennis court to issues close to her heart, such as women’s issues, gay rights, underprivileged children, animal rights, environmental protection, AIDS research and breast cancer awareness. She often intersperses her talks and Q&As with anecdotes of her own life, on and off the court, sharing an affinity with the audience.

    Martina has also made a number of television appearances including I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!, Dancing with the Stars, the Netflix series The Politician, Will and Grace and in a 1983 episode of Hart to Hart.

    As well as her autobiography Martina Navratilova: Being Myself, Martina has written Tennis My Way, an instruction guide in tennis for women and Shape Your Self: My 6-Step Diet and Fitness Plan to Achieve the Best Shape of Your Life.

    She has written about the mental health of gay American teenagers in Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America.

    Martina has also written three mystery thrillers featuring fictional former tennis champion Jordan Myles, The Total Zone, Killer Instinct and Breaking Point.

    Martina was seven times named Player of the Year by the Women’s Tennis
    Association, the International Tennis Federation’s World Champion six times and Associated Press Female Athlete of the year twice.

    For her campaigning activism, Martina was the recipient of the national Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBTQ+ advocacy group in the United States.

    In 2003 she was presented with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2006 was given the Czech Sport Legend Award.

    In 2009 Martina was awarded the International Tennis Federation’s highest
    accolade, the Philippe Chatrier Award, for her contributions to tennis both on and off the court.

    In 2016 Martina was made an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge.

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    A popular choice for events that focus on health and fitness, women’s empowerment, and gay and lesbian issues, Martina Navratilova brings class to any engagement. The tennis icon’s career and personal story is a fascinating moving account of overcoming prejudice and staying true to your identity. From fleeing Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia to coming out in an era that was still rife with homophobia, Navratilova has always led by example. The distinguished athlete discusses her experiences and the causes she represents with transparency, wit, and grace.

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  • What It Takes to Become a Champion
  • Setting and Achieving Goals
  • Redefining Aging as a Baby Boomer
  • Healthy Lifestyle and Fitness
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Human Rights and Equality

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    Books by Martina Navratilova:

    Shape Your Self: My 6-Step Diet and Fitness Plan to Achieve the Best Shape of Your Life

    Martina Navratilova is a marvel of fitness. She easily outruns many women half her age, still plays tennis competitively, and loves to have fun with other sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and more. Now you can learn Martina′s “secret,” a lifestyle plan that′s evolved from more than 30 years of trial and error, working with nutritionists, coaches, doctors, kinesiologists, and other top experts. In Shape Your Self, this amazing athelete shares her own story and distills this wealth of experience into a set of simple strategies, tips, and small changes to achieve the shape of your life. In her 6-step program, you′ll discover:

    • Ways to apply the focus and mental ability of star athletes to your own personal goals
    • Advice on creating an environment – emotionally and physically – that supports you so that you can reach your best
    • A healthy food plan with delicious recipes – emphasizing natural foods and energizing juices – that help your body release toxins, drop extra pounds, and feel more vibrant and youthful
    • A fitness plan that can be done anywhere, by anyone – from beginners to the most advanced
    • Fun, unique, cutting-edge exercises that sculpt visible, fat-burning muscle and make you appreciate the power, strength, and beauty of your body

    Learn the strategies that have helped Martina shape her self into the best condition of her life. No matter what your age or your challenge, Martina will help you feel great, and look great, too!

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