Navratilova, Martina

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Navratilova, Martina Gender: F
Martina Šubertová
born on 18 October 1956 at 16:40 (= 4:40 PM )
Place Prague, Czech Republic, 50n05, 14e26
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 25°14' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 12°18 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 14°38'

Martina Navratilova (at the Prague Open, in 2006)
photo: User:Michal.Pohorelsky Cropped by User:Vanjagenije, license gfdl


Czechoslovakian-born American tennis champion, outstanding with 167 titles, including nine Wimbledon singles. 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.

In the summer of 1972 she won the Czech National Championship. She made her first visit to the U.S. on 22 March 1973. Two years later she was ready to defect from her homeland, on 5 September 1975. Her first Wimbledon win was in July 1978, the year she became the World No. 1 player.

Navratilova became a U.S. citizen on 20 July 1981. Early in 1982, she suffered from toxoplasmosis.

Born into a tennis-oriented family, she had the models of her grandmother, step-dad and mom as champions or administrators in the game. Spending her childhood in the Krkonose Mountains, she learned to ski as soon as she could walk. When she was five, the family moved to Prague, where she watched her folks play tournaments. She became obsessed with batting a ball against the wall for practice. At eight, she signed to play her first tournament. Off the court, she swam, skied, and played soccer and ice hockey, but nothing interfered with her love of tennis.

At 14, she captured her first title, and in 1973, she began her first tour on the circuit. Visiting the U.S., she fell in love with junk food and gained 20 lbs: 5' 8" and over 150 lbs, she failed to win any of the matches. By the following year, she was winning most of them.

In 1977, she was sharing a house in Dallas, Texas with Sandra Haynie, the pro golfer. From 1979-1981, writer Rita Mae Brown was her companion until Navratilova began an affair with basketball star Nancy Lieberman. In March 1984, she began a relationship with Judy Nelson, signing a non-marital cohabitation contract on 12 February 1986. Navratilova left Nelson for Olympic skier Cindy Nelson, separating on 3 February 1991. They entered a bitter court battle in September 1991 until Nelson settled her multimillion-dollar patrimony lawsuit out of court.

In 1998 she put her 100-acre ranch in Aspen, Colorado up for sale, a spread that included stables and a half-mile of private river, for an asking price of $7.9 million. On 2 July 1998, she stunned top-seeded Martina Hingis in straight sets to reach the Wimbledon final.

She was stripped of her Czech citizenship when, in 1975 at age 18, she asked the United States for political asylum and was granted temporary residence. On 9 January 2008, she reacquired Czech citizenship.

On 6 September 2014, Navratilova proposed to her longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova at the US Open. They married in New York on 15 December 2014.

In January 2023, Navratilova was diagnosed with both throat (stage one) and breast cancer (for a second time). This came after Navratilova discovered a swelled lymph node on her neck, leading her to take medical tests.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Evert, Chris (born 21 December 1954)
  • associate relationship with Nagelsen, Betsy (born 23 October 1956). Notes: Tennis doubles partners


  • Social : Begin Travel 22 March 1973 (First visit to U.S.)
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  • Family : Change residence 5 September 1975 (Defected to U.S.)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1979 (Two year relationship with Rita Mae Brown)
  • Social : Joined group 20 July 1981 (Became a U.S. citizen)
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  • Health : Chronic illness 1982 (Toxolasmosis)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship March 1984 (Judy Nelson)
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  • Work : Contracts, agreements 12 February 1986 (Cohabitation contract with Judy Nelson)
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  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 3 February 1991 (Cindy Nelson)
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  • Crime : Trial dates September 1991 (Palimony suit between Nelson and Navratilova)
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  • Financial : Buy/Sell Property 1998 (Sold 100 acre ranch in Colorado)
  • Work : Prize 2 June 1998 (Wimbledon upset over Martina Hingis)
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  • Social : Acquired Citizenship 9 January 2008 (Reacquired Czech citizenship)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis 24 February 2010 (Cancer in left breast)
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  • Health : Medical procedure March 2010 (Surgery to remove tumour in left breast)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis December 2010 (High altitude pulmonary edema)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 15 December 2014 (Julia Lemigova)
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  • Health : Medical diagnosis January 2023 (Throat and breast cancer)
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Source Notes

Frank C. Clifford quotes her for the time and place; date in her autobiography, 1/1995.


  • Traits : Body : Size (Height: 5 ft 8/ 1.73 m)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Throat and breast)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Other Major diseases (Toxoplasmosis)
  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (Five year partnership with Cindy Nelson)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (Multiple female partners)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Chronic misery (Palimony suit with Cindy Nelson)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids none
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Financial success in field
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Became U.S. citizen)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Lesbian
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social
  • Vocation : Politics : Party Affiliation (Democratic)
  • Vocation : Sports : Tennis (Professional)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Gross motor control (Tennis champion)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women