Despite losing $10 million, legendary champion Martina Navratilova has bravely endured public hatred over a pivotal life decision: ‘I will not deny my true nature’

Legendary Czech-American tennis player Martina Navratilova was undoubtedly one of the most outspoken tennis players in history. She often uses social media and expresses her feelings on certain topics. In 1981, before social media, she faced the wrath of society after revealing her sexuality.

In an interview in 2010, she spoke of having lost many sponsors because of her coming out. Despite all the criticism, she did not stop and continued her journey as a tennis player.

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Martina Navratilova spoke about the loss of sponsors during her coming out in 1981

After her first sexual experience with a woman, Navratilova felt, OK, I guess I’m gay. My life is getting much more complicated. I may lose some sponsors. I may offend some fans, but I will not deny my true nature.”

In 1981, she publicly admitted her sexuality. As a result, she had to face many adversities on the tour. Besides her lost Approximately $10 million worth of sponsorship deals, including clothing sponsors.

Martina Navratilova during the Ladies’ Invitation Doubles Final on July 4, 2010. Press Association via AP Images

She mentioned designing her own clothes when she won her 9th Wimbledon title due to losing her clothing sponsors. She also suffered jeers and boos from the crowd. Despite all of this, she didn’t change her personality and remained true to herself and became undoubtedly one of the best tennis players in history.

A look at Navratilova’s stats as a tennis player

Martina Navratilova was famous for their serve-and-volley game, best suited to lawn tennis. As a result, she won the Wimbledon Championships nine times in her career; only Roger Federer has come close to her record of 8 wins.

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In addition to nine Wimbledon titles, she has also won the French Open twice, the Australian Open three times and four US Open titles. Overall, she won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, the fifth most in women’s tennis history. Apart from that, so does she won an incredible 167 singles titles and 177 doubles titles, the most in history.

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The former tennis great played until almost 50 and finally retired from tennis in 2006 at the age of 49. Before that, she was the oldest player to win the mixed doubles title at the US Open. Because of her amazing stats and longevity, many still believe that she is the true GOAT of tennis.

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