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Martina Navratilova Biography

Birth Name:
Martina Šubertová
Birth Place:
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Profession
Tennis player

Fast Facts

  • Stripped of her Czechoslovakian citizenship at 18 when she asked the United States for political asylum
  • Became a U
  • S
  • citizen in 1981, but had her Czech Republic citizenship restored in 2008
  • Her first tennis coach was her stepfather
  • Won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 31 doubles titles
  • Reached nine consecutive Wimbledon finals from 1982 through 1990 and won Wimbledon a total of nine times in her career
  • Recorded the longest winning streak in the open era, 74 consecutive matches
  • Reached 11 straight Grand Slam singles finals
  • Along with doubles partner Pam Shriver, won 109 consecutive doubles matches and all four Grand Slam events in 1984
  • Announced in 2010 that she was being treated for breast cancer
  • Had to quit her climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in December 2010 after suffering a pulmonary edema at nearly 14,800 feet
  • Has appeared in ads for PETA

Awards

    Relationships

    • Judy Nelson--Ex-significant Other
    • Rita Mae Brown--Ex-significant Other
    • Mirek--Father
    • Jana--Mother
    • Jana--Sister
    • Miroslav Navrátil--Stepfather
    • Julia Lemigova--Wife