Martina Navratilova is a tennis legend who has won 59 Grand Slam titles in her career that spanned over four decades. As pioneers do, they bring about change. Martina changed opinions of people that had nothing to do with sport. She is not just a highly competitive tennis player but also one of the most respected figures in the sports history due to her endless contribution to society debates on women’s issues. Her concern over gay rights and ethical treatment of animals is also one of the reasons she is popular outside the sport.
Martina Navratilova won 18 singles and 31 women’s doubles for her total 59 Grand slam titles. She won the remaining 10 titles in mixed doubles, which has made her one of three people to win titles in all three formats of the game. She was also WTA’s Tour Player of the Year for record seven times. She is in the list of Top Forty Athletes of All-time by Sports Illustrated and a member of International Tennis Hall of Fame. She retired from professional tennis in 2006 but only after winning mixed-doubles in her last Grand Slam.
When it comes to motivational speaking, Martina is excellent. She uses her own experiences from sport and her work with social issues to deliver her message. Her ability to adapt to different audience makes her one of the best motivational speakers from sport. She also speaks about personal fitness, setting and achieving goals, and human and animal rights at speaking events world-wide. The same determination that helped bring her such remarkable achievements on court has most recently helped her through her latest battle, against breast cancer which she discovered in 2011. She had an operation to remove cancerous tissue and two weeks later took part in a triathlon.
Originally from Czechoslovakia, Martina was stripped of her citizenship when, in 1975 at the age of 18, she asked the United States for political asylum. She became a US citizen in 1981 but, two years later, had her Czech citizenship restored.
"Martina was truly an outstanding speaker who not only naturally captures the audience with her knowledge, passion, strong sense of confidence, and charming attitude, but also stays on a message, purposefully and eloquently, throughout a speech.”