Martina is a sporting icon and one of the most important cultural personalities of the last 30 years. She is one of just three women to have accomplished a career Grand Slam in singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles (called the Grand Slam “boxed set”) a record she shares with Margaret Court and Doris Hart.
She holds the open era record for most singles titles (167) and doubles titles (177). She recorded the longest winning streak in the open era (74 consecutive matches) and three of the six longest winning streaks in the women’s open era.
In women’s doubles, Navratilova and Pam Shriver won 109 consecutive matches and won all four major titles in 1984. The pair also set an all time record of 79 titles together and tied Louise Brough Clapp’s and Margaret Osborne duPont’s record of 20 major women’s doubles titles as a team.
Martina has also won the season ending WTA Tour Championships a record 8 times and made the finals a record 14 times and won the doubles title a record 11 times.
Navratilova is the only person of either sex to have won eight different tournaments at least seven times.
Other Work Outside of Tennis
Martina is a member of the Laureus World Sports Academy. She also serves as the Health and Fitness Ambassador for AARP in an alliance created to help AARP’s millions of members lead active, healthy lives.
When not playing tennis, Navratilova is involved with various charities that benefit animal rights, underprivileged children, and gay rights. In 2000, she was the recipient of National Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay and lesbian activist/lobbying group.
Tennis magazine selected her as the greatest female tennis player for the years 1965 through 2005.
In 2011, she was named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by Time.
In February 2012, Navratilova was announced as a cast member on the 14th season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with Tony Dovolani.
One of the most respected figures tennis history, Martina Navratilova is in demand as an after dinner speaker and event host.