One of the greatest legends the game has ever known, Martina Navratilova won an open-era record of 59 career Grand Slam titles (18 Singles, 31 Doubles, 10 Mixed) and 359 career WTA titles (167 Singles, 177 Doubles, 15 Mixed) in her career. Navratilova was world No. 1 for a total of 332 weeks in Singles, and a record 237 weeks in Doubles, making her the only player in history to have held the top spot in both singles and doubles for over 200 weeks. She was year-end singles No. 1 seven times, including a record of five consecutive years, as well as year-end doubles No. 1 five times, including three consecutive years during which she held the ranking for the entire year. When Navratilova was 4 years old, she began hitting a tennis ball off a concrete wall and started to play tennis regularly by age 7. In 1972, at the age of 15, Navratilova won the Czechoslovakia National Tennis Championship and in 1973 she made her debut on the United States Lawn Tennis Association Professional tour, but did not turn professional until 1975. In 1974, when she was only 17, Martina won her first Professional Singles title and first Grand Slam Mixed Doubles title at the French Open. She reached the Wimbledon Women's Singles Final 12 times, including nine consecutive years from 1982 through 1990, and won the Women's Singles title at Wimbledon a record 9 times surpassing Helen Wills Moody. Her record as No. 1 in Singles (1982–86) remains the most dominant in professional tennis to date. Over five consecutive seasons, Navratilova won 428 out of 442 Singles matches for a sustained winning percentage of 96.8%. In 1981, she announced publicly she was a homosexual, and has fought for gay rights, as well as animal rights and been involved in many charitable organizations. Navratilova is a breast cancer survivor, author and outspoken political leader.
Birthplace: Prague, Czechoslovakia
Residence: Sarasota, Florida
Height: 5'8" (1.73m)
Weight: 140 lbs (63.5 kg)
Plays: Left Handed, One-Handed Backhand
Turned Pro: 1975