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  • Martina Navratilova is one of the most successful women's tennis players of all time
  • She won 167 singles titles on the WTA Tour, including 18 grand slam crowns
  • Navratilova is a campaigner for gay rights and a television pundit

Here is a look at the life of tennis great Martina Navratilova.

Personal:
Birth date:
October 18, 1956

Birth place: Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)

Birth name: Martina Subertova

Father: Miroslav Subert

Mother: Jana Navratilova

Marriage: Julia Lemigova (December 15, 2014-present)

Other Facts:
Her parents divorced when she was young. She was raised by her stepfather, Mirek Navratil, and took his last name. He was her first tennis coach.

She plays tennis left-handed.

She has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

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She is a gay rights advocate.

Timeline:
1972 -
Wins the Czech National Championship.

1975 - At the age of 18, Navratilova defects to the United States.

1978 - Wins her first singles title at Wimbledon against Chris Evert.

1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 - Is named Player of the Year by the Women's Tennis Association.

1981 - Becomes a naturalized citizen of the United States.

1983 - Wins her first U.S. Open.

1986 - Returns to Czechoslovakia for the first time to compete, for the United States, in a tennis match in Prague.

1992 - Breaks the tournament titles record with 158 titles, more than any other person.

1994 - Retires from playing singles having won 167 titles.

2000 - Is inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

2003 - Becomes the oldest player to compete in the Fed Cup.

2004 - Participates in the Summer Olympics in Athens as the oldest tennis player.

February 24, 2010 - Is diagnosed with a non-invasive breast cancer, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)

March 15, 2010 - Undergoes a lumpectomy.

May 12, 2010 - Begins radiation treatment at L'Institut Curie in Paris.

June 5, 2010 - Competes in the senior women's doubles at the French Open and wins.

March 27, 2012 - Is eliminated as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars."

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