Tennis Channel analyst Martina Navratilova has won singles, doubles and mixed doubles at all four Grand Slams. She has also won more singles titles than anyone who has ever played professional tennis.
Arguably the most dominant tennis player to ever set foot on the courts, Navratilova’s career spanned four decades and saw an astonishing 59 Grand Slam crowns. Her body of work is filled with a record 167 singles and 178 doubles tournament wins, but she will always be best known for her play on the grass courts of Wimbledon. Navratilova’s magnificent reign at the All-England Club saw a record nine singles titles, including a dominating six consecutive championships from 1982 to 1987. Over the years, Navratilova received numerous accolades, including "Tour Player of the Year" (seven times) and Associated Press’ "Female Athlete of the Year," and was listed on Sports Illustrated’s
"Top 40 Athletes of All Time" for her overall contributions to the world of athletics.
After her 2000 induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame as the “game’s most prolific player,” Navratilova continued to compete in a variety of Grand Slams as well as at the 2004 Olympic Games. However, as she approached her 50th birthday in 2006, Navratilova decided to leave the tour circuit behind after her last Grand Slam championship, a mixed doubles win with Bob Byran. Still in phenomenal shape and one month shy of her 50th birthday, she is the oldest player to ever win a Grand Slam title.
Although retired, Navratilova’s love of tennis has clearly not diminished. She stays professionally involved in the sport by commentating for Tennis Channel, is currently the national spokesperson and Health and Fitness Ambassador for AARP and the author of a recent book, Shape Your Self.
She also spends most of her time traveling the world, speaking at various events, playing in numerous exhibition matches and tirelessly promoting all of the issues that are close to her heart. Whether the topic is health/fitness or politics, sexuality or inequality, Navratilova has remained refreshingly candid – and committed.