Tennis Great Martina Navratilova

Martina Navratilova is an ex-world #1 female tennis player. Born in 1956 in Czechoslovakia, she became an US citizen in 1981. Her stepfather Miroslav Navratil was her 1st tennis coach. Martina won the Czech Republic national tennis championship at 15. At 17, she earned her very first professional singles title when she played the match in Florida. She went pro in 1975.

In 1975’s Grand Slam singles tournaments, she was a finalist in both the Australian Open and French Open, but she lost in both the finals. The same year, she lost in the semi-finals of the US Open. In 1978, Navratilova got her first victory in the Grand Slam singles at Wimbledon and she got the world # 1 ranking after defeating Chris Evert.

Navratilova was a woman of tremendous power because of the way she raised the level of competition. Initially, she was on the heavier side and she had to work hard to get into shape for tennis. In regards to her weight issue, Nancy Lieberman, a basketball player, aided her. She underwent extreme levels of fitness and exercising which eventually got her into shape. She even learned the way to use graphite racquets, which made her one of the most dominant tennis player.

She beat Evert, again, in the 1981 Grand Slam singles of the Australia Open. The next year, she won the French and Wimbledon Open. In 1983, she won 3 out of 4 Grand Slam events. Additionally, she scored the top ever-professional winning percentage of a tennis player. In 1984, she also won the French Open, which she had lost in 1983. This incredible victory was called the Grand Slam by the International Tennis Federation president, Philippe Chatrier. Between 1982-1984, she lost only six of the singles matches. Even today, Navratilova is considered the best in tennis.