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Martina Navratilova

United States

D.O.B.
Oct 18
1956
Height
5' 8"
1.73 m
Weight
145 lbs.
65 kg
Plays
Left-handed
one-handed backhand
Status
Pro (1975)
Retired (2006)
Biography
Physical trainer is Lisa Austin ... Supports numerous non-profit groups and charitable causes; contributes to scholarship funds for needy children and with friendly rival Chris Evert competed in many exhibition matches to fund charities; contributed $150,000 in 1986 to the Women's Sports Foundation to support development of sports for women; taped ads for the Statue of Liberty Commemorative Coins in the summer of 1986, in conjunction with that restoration project in her adopted homeland; also supports Ms. Foundation, Planned Parenthood and PETA ... Released autobiography 'Martina' in June 1985 ... Enjoys skiing, snowboarding, golf, basketball and horseback riding ... Avid reader of classics; also enjoys classical music and Katharine Hepburn films ... Co-wrote three mystery novels: The Total Zone was published in 1995, Breaking Point was published in 1996, Killer Instinct came out in 1998 ... Participated in the creation of The Rainbow Card, a Visa credit card targeted to the lesbian and gay community; volunteers as a spokesperson for the Rainbow Card Foundation, a not-for-profit dedicated to raising and distributing funds to national gay and lesbian health care, education, cultural and civil rights groups ... Wrote a book entitled 'Shape Your Self'.
Career Highlights
SINGLES
Winner (167): 1994 - Paris [Indoors]; 1993 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Paris [Indoors], Eastbourne, Los Angeles, Oakland; 1992 - Chicago, US Hardcourts, Los Angeles, Filderstadt; 1991 - Chicago, Palm Springs, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Oakland; 1990 - Wimbledon, Chicago, Washington DC, Indian Wells, Hilton Head, Eastbourne; 1989 - Los Angeles, Dallas, New England, Sydney, Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Birmingham, Eastbourne, Canadian Open; 1988 - Dallas, Oakland, Washington DC, New England, Chicago, Hilton Head, Amelia Island, Eastbourne, Filderstadt; 1987 - Wimbledon, US Open, Filderstadt, Chicago; 1986 - Wimbledon, US Open, WTA Championships [March], WTA Championships [November], Eastbourne, Washington DC, Filderstadt, US Indoors, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New England [January], New England [November]; 1985 - Australian Open, Wimbledon, WTA Championships, Miami, Eastbourne, Sydney, Washington DC, Houston, Dallas, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Brisbane; 1984 - Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open, WTA Championships, Amelia Island, Eastbourne, US Indoors, Sydney, Orlando, Newport, Mahwah, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans; 1983 - Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, WTA Championships, Eastbourne, Canadian Open, Tampa, Filderstadt, Tokyo [Lions Cup], Hilton Head, Washington DC, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, Los Angeles; 1982 - Roland Garros, Wimbledon, Toyota Championships, Eastbourne, Canadian Open, Filderstadt, Washington DC, Seattle, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas, Sydney, Hilton Head, Orlando, Brighton; 1981 - Australian Open, WTA Championships, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Dallas, Chicago, Orlando, US Indoors, Tampa, Tokyo [Lions Cup]; 1980 - Colgate Series Championships, Kansas City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, Dallas, Amelia Island, Orlando, Canadian Open, Richmond, Tokyo; 1979 - Wimbledon, WTA Championships, Oakland, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Richmond, Atlanta, Phoenix, Brighton; 1978 - Wimbledon, WTA Championships, Washington DC, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Detroit, Kansas City, Eastbourne, Phoenix; 1977 - Washington DC, Houston, Minnesota, Detroit, Edinburgh, Charlotte; 1976 - Houston, Sydney; 1975 - Washington DC, Boston, Denver, Charlotte; 1974 - Orlando.

DOUBLES
Winner (177): 2006 - Strasbourg (w/Huber), Montr‚al (w/Petrova); 2005 - Toronto (w/Groenefeld); 2004 - Vienna (w/Raymond); 2003 - Gold Coast, Dubai, Rome, Toronto, Leipzig (all w/Kuznetsova), Sarasota (w/Huber), Philadelphia (w/Raymond); 2002 - Madrid (w/Zvereva); 1994 - Houston, Zrich (both w/Bollegraf); 1993 - Tokyo [Pan Pacific] (w/Sukova), Birmingham (w/McNeil), Zrich (w/Garrison); 1992 - Chicago, US Hardcourts (both w/Shriver); 1991 - WTA Championships (w/Shriver), Barcelona (w/S nchez-Vicario), Filderstadt (w/Novotna); 1990 - US Open, Hamburg (both w/G.Fernandez), Chicago (w/Smith), Washington DC (w/Garrison), Hilton Head (w/S nchez-Vicario); 1989 - Australian Open, WTA Championships, New England, Sydney (all w/Shriver), US Open, Hilton Head (both w/Mandlikova), Los Angeles (w/Turnbull); 1988 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, WTA Championships, New England, Washington DC (all w/Shriver), Oakland (w/Casals), Hilton Head (w/McNeil), Filderstadt (w/Kuczynska); 1987 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, US Open, WTA Championships, Miami, Los Angeles, Filderstadt (all w/Shriver), Rome (w/Sabatini), Houston (w/Jordan); 1986 - Roland Garros, Marco Island (both w/Temesvari), Wimbledon, US Open, WTA Championships [Nov], Washington DC, New England [Jan], Eastbourne, Los Angeles, Filderstadt, New England [Nov] (all w/Shriver); 1985 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, WTA Championships [March], US Indoors, Orlando, Eastbourne, Brisbane (all w/Shriver), Miami, Washington DC, Canadian Open (all w/G.Fernandez), Houston (w/Burgin); 1984 - Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon, US Open, WTA Championships [March], Oakland, US Indoors, Eastbourne, Mahwah, New Orleans, Brisbane (all w/Shriver), Fort Lauderdale (w/Smylie); 1983 - Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open, WTA Championships, Washington DC, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Eastbourne, Los Angeles, Tampa (all w/Shriver), Hilton Head, Stuttgart (both w/Reynolds); 1982 - Australian Open, Wimbledon, Avon Circuit Championships, Toyota Circuit Championships, Chicago, Dallas, Hilton Head, Bridgestone, Eastbourne, Stuttgart, Brighton, Sydney (all w/Shriver), Roland Garros (w/Smith), Canadian Open (w/Reynolds); 1981 - Wimbledon, Avon Circuit Championships, Toyota Circuit Championships, Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, Eastbourne, Canadian Open, US Indoors, Sydney (all w/Shriver), Stuttgart (w/Jausovec); 1980 - Australian Open (w/Nagelsen), US Open, Avon Championships, Washington DC, Kansas City, Chicago, Dallas, Bridgestone, Richmond (all w/King), Los Angeles (w/Casals), Mahwah (w/Reynolds); 1979 - Wimbledon, US Indoors, Stuttgart (all w/King), Houston (w/Newberry), Dallas (w/Smith), Hilton Head, San Diego (both w/Casals); 1978 - US Open, Washington DC, Houston, Detroit, Kansas City, Bridgestone, Boston, Hilton Head, Palm Springs (all w/King), Dallas, Clearwater (both w/Smith); 1977 - US Open, Washington DC, Hollywood, Houston, Detroit, Dallas, Bridgestone, Charlotte, Atlanta (all w/Stove), Bloomington (w/Casals), Phoenix (w/King); 1976 - Wimbledon, Palm Springs (both w/Evert), Sarasota, Bridgestone, Charlotte, Atlanta, Sydney (all w/Stove), Phoenix (w/King); 1975 - Roland Garros, Chicago, Rome (all w/Evert), Detroit (w/Hunt); 1974 - Dallas (w/I.Fernandez).

MIXED DOUBLES
Winner (10): 2006 - US Open (w/B.Bryan); 2003 - Australian Open, Wimbledon (both w/Paes); 1995 - Wimbledon (w/Stark); 1993 - Wimbledon (w/Woodforde); 1987 - US Open (w/S nchez); 1985 - Roland Garros, US Open (both w/Gunthardt), Wimbledon (w/McNamee); 1974 - Roland Garros (w/Molina).

ADDITIONAL United States Fed Cup Team 1982-86, 1989, 1995, 2003-04. Czech Fed Cup Team 1975. United States Wightman Cup Team 1983. United States Olympic Team 2004.
Career Review
- Won 18 Grand Slam titles, including all-time record 9 at Wimbledon (also 4 US Opens, 3 Australian Opens and 2 French Opens); completed career Grand Slam at 1983 US Open (held all four Grand Slams at same time when winning 1984 French Open); fell two matches short of completing calendar-year Grand Slam in 1984 (l. to Sukova in SFs of Australian Open); won 6 straight Grand Slam titles in 1983/84 (equalled record of Connolly & Court).
- Won 31 Grand Slam doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.
- 1 of 3 women to win singles, doubles and mixed at least once at every Grand Slam (also Court & Hart); won all three titles at 1987 US Open.
- 167 singles titles and 177 doubles titles are all-time records for any player, male or female; also swept singles and doubles at same events a record 84 times.
- Rose to No.1 on July 10, 1978 after winning first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon (332 weeks at No.1 is second all-time to Graf).
- Was also first player to rank No.1 in singles and doubles at the same time (in 1984).
- Posted best season winning percentage in Open Era in 1983 (.989... 86-1).
- Owns longest winning streaks of Open Era in singles (74) and doubles (109 w/Shriver).
- Went 20-0 in Fed Cup singles and 20-1 in Fed Cup doubles (lost last match she played).
- Played WTA Championships a record 21 times (won 8 singles and 11 doubles titles).
- Retired from singles at end of 1994; played doubles and mixed in 1995-96; did not play 1997-99; played doubles again 2000-06 as well as 7 singles events in 2002-05, and at 2004 Wimbledon became oldest woman to win a singles match in Open Era (47 years, 8 months); played final match of career in 2006 US Open mixed doubles final (became oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title, a month short of 50th birthday - won w/B.Bryan).
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