Martina Navratilova is a former tennis player who is widely regarded as one of the best tennis players of all time. The Czech-American, who holds a number of records in the game, including the record for the most singles and doubles titles in the history of the Open Era and the most consecutive years in the top 10 of the world rankings, can look back on a record of 18 Grand Slam and 31 important women’s doubles titles.
Martina Navratilova was born as Martina Subertova by Mirek and Jana Subertova on October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Her father Mirek was a ski instructor, while her mother Jana was an accomplished gymnast and tennis player who also worked as a ski instructor.
Around the age of three, Navratilova’s parents divorced and her mother married Miroslav Navratil. Her daughter took the surname of her stepfather but added the -ova suffix to her former surname to get the name she is known as today. Navratilova’s stepfather was responsible for teaching her how to play as he became her first-ever tennis coach. At the age of about 15, Navratilova won her first amateur tournament ever, the Czechoslovakia National Tennis Championship in 1972, before turning pro a year later.
In 1974 Martina Navratilova won her first professional individual title in Orlando. The following year she reached the finals of two major individual tournaments, the Australian Open and the French Open, but only finished second. However, she teamed up with Christine Evert, the player she defeated in the final of the French Open, to win the double title of the French Open for women, her first major title. The two players reunited to win the women’s Wimbledon doubles title in 1976 before Navratilova won her first singles tournament title at Wimbledon in 1978 when she dominated the game for the next few years.
Martina Navratilova’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Martina Navratilova is said to have an estimated net value of $15 million. The 1.73m (1.73m) tall player, who won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, earned her money through tournament wins and other business efforts, including tennis apparel design.
It has been said that Navratilova’s net worth could have been much greater than it is today without her openness to her sexuality, which was frowned upon at the time. Although Navratilova was one of the most high-profile and successful players of the time, she was unable to land any lucrative sponsorship deals as a result. She also lost a large portion of her income to her former partner Judy Nelson, who sued her at Palimonie after the abrupt end of their relationship.
Who is Her Wife (Partner)?
Martina Navratilova is married to her long-time friend Julia Lemigova, the winner of a beauty contest, who became a model and then a businesswoman. The couple began to meet in 2006, before finally getting engaged in September 2004 in the greatest possible way. Navratilova proposed to her wife when she was interviewed during the U.S. Open.
The tennis legend, who has 18 Grand Slam titles in her name, revealed that she had thought about it for so long before she decided to do it in the place she felt most comfortable in and that the whole world could see. While everyone in New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium was looking at the jumbotron, Navratilova knelt on one knee and unveiled a diamond-studded ring to ask for her partner’s hand, which she accepted. Lemigova, mother of two daughters from a previous relationship, and Navratilova tied the knot on December 15, 2014, in a small private ceremony at the Peninsula Hotel in New York.
Julia Lemigova was born on June 20, 1972, in the Soviet Union as Yulia Alexandrovna Lemigova. Her father was a colonel in the Red Army. Lemigova won first place in the 1990 Miss USSR beauty pageant but was later named the winner after the original winner was disqualified for marriage. Lemigova then represented her country in the 1991 Miss Universe pageant, where she achieved a second runner-up spot. After a career in beauty contests, Lemigova moved to France, where she opened and manages wellness, skincare, and spa line.