Sunday, September 10, 2006

Another one steps off the courts...

Only a few days after Andre Agassi decided to retire from the professional tennis, which marked the end of an era and the beginning of a legend, another master of the tennis courts decides to step off the professional courts to become a living legend of sports: Martina Navratilova, who occupied the number one position in the tennis rankings for several occasions during her career.
Regarded by some as the most prolific female tennis player of all times, it is actually the second time that this American (Czech born) player retires from professional tennis: the first time was in 1994, when she decided to leave the tennis courts after losing the Wimbledon final against Conchita Martinez. Navratilova has been a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame since year 2000, year in which she returned to the professional activity but to focus mainly in doubles tournaments, and she appeared seldomly in singles since then.
But this time, after winning the U.S. Open doubles tournament at age 49 (some days shy of turning 50) she is definitely retiring from all professional tennis games.
No other player in tennis history has won more titles than she did: 167 top level singles , and 177 doubles (including all four Grand Slams in several occasions for both game modes).
Bye, Martina! Best wishes for your future projects!


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