Martina Navratilova is one of the best tennis players in history, having won more singles titles than any other player, male or female, and a record nine Wimbledon singles crowns.
With Martina’s record and the way she’s played over the past 15 years of her career, and her record speaks for itself. Martinez’s weight increased in Czechoslovakia, and tennis pundit Bud Collins branded her the “great white hope,” but neither he nor the rest of the world had any idea of Martinez’s drive and resolve as she began a new training regimen with basketball and Nancy Lieberman.
Martina became one of the game’s fittest players, and her amazing performance on the court continued well into the 1980s and early 1990s, but she remained an outcast, a left-handed player in a field of right-handed players, a serve and volleyer against a sea of baseline players.
Martinez’s power and aggression dominated the sport in the early years, making her an unpopular figure, but her breathtaking skills and dedication gradually won over the crowds. Martinez lost millions in endorsements when she came out as a lesbian in 1981, but she gained more fans for her honesty.
At 25, Martina had only three championships under her belt, but her amazing health and endurance saw her win her last Grand Slam tournament at the age of 49, making her the oldest Grand Slam champion ever. She was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000.