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Martina Navratilova      

Retired World #1 Tennis Player, International Tennis Hall of Famer, Gay Rights Activist & Author

A champion on and off the court, Martina Navratilova is not only a tennis legend, but an inspirational leader who demonstrates tenacity, candor, and motivation. Arguably the best tennis player ever to step on the court, Navratilova amassed an unmatched number of professional records over the course of a career that spanned an amazing four decades. She has won 59 Grand Slam crowns, a record 9 Wimbledon singles champions, and overcame the odds to become both one of the most successful tennis players ever and an equally successful leader.

Off the court, Navratilova has lived an equally bold and successful life. As one of the first openly gay sports figures, she has spent much of her career overcoming prejudices and stereotypes, giving up millions of dollars in endorsements and sponsorship as a result of her insistence on living a life of integrity and honesty. Since coming out in 1981, she has been an inspiring and vocal advocate for equal rights and a strong supporter of many charities benefiting the LGBT community. She has received numerous awards from many of the most influential organizations within the LGBTQ+ community.

Knowing first-hand what it takes to overcome adversity and find success, Navratilova is a compelling advocate for active living and aggressive goal-setting. Navratilova's book, "Shape Your Self," is a guide to personal fitness and healthy living. She has motivated thousands to live healthier lifestyles by taking simple steps to a better life, and has also been an outspoken advocate for breast cancer awareness.

Navratilova provides her articulate, intelligent and outspoken commentary to the Tennis Channel's audience during its coverage of the Grand Slams. She has been elected to serve as the ambassador for the WTA over the next 5 years and is a regular commentator for the BBC at Wimbledon. Navratilova is also ambassador for BT Sport and appears regularly on their tennis commentary. She spends as much time as she can with her family in Miami, and often finds herself traveling the world, speaking at events, playing in numerous exhibition matches, and tirelessly promoting all of the issues that are close to her heart.

Speech Topics

Human rights and equality

Overcoming adversity

Healthy lifestyle and fitness

Setting and achieving goals

What it takes to become a champion


Martina Navratilova: Sports Governing Bodies Must Take ...
Martina Navratilova, who played in her final Olympics in 2004, says sporting organizations like the IOC need to take responsibility for human rights violations ...
Martina Navratilova Reveals She's Raced 200 Mph On The Autobahn
Before the Williams sisters and Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova was largely considered the greatest women's tennis player of modern time. She still may be.
Martina Navratilova: I Am Cancer Free
Six months after revealing that she had breast cancer, Martina Navratilova has some good news about her health. “I am cancer-free,” she tells PEOPLE, happily.
Martina Navratilova proposes on big screen at U.S. Open - CBS News
NEW YORK - Tennis great Martina Navratilova proposed to her girlfriend on the big screen of Arthur Ashe Stadium between the U.S. Open men's semifinals.

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