The pair had been dating for eight years when earlier this year at the U. Open, in which Navratilova was competing in the doubles competition, Navratilova popped the question to Lemigova, a moment that was broadcast on the jumbotron to cheers from the assembled spectators.
Navratilova and Lemigova spoke to the BBC shortly after saying "I do." Navratilova for her part commented that the experience of being able to marry the woman she loves "is just really odd." “I’m 58 years old – I got married for the first time! Growing up as a gay woman you just don’t ever think about that.
Her grandmother had been an international player who had upset the mother of Vera Sukova, a 1962 Wimbledon finalist, in a national tournament.
Martina Navratilova married Julia Lemigova yesterday in New York City, The Huffington Post reports.
Tracy Austin, the former US Open champion, was one of the first high-profile figures from the world of tennis to tweet her congratulations, while Navratilova herself thanked fans for their well-wishes via the social network.
Former women's tennis champion Martina Navratilova proposed to her girlfriend on the big screen of the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the US Open. You've seen people propose at sporting events before, in movies, in real life. It was like I was watching myself do it." Navaratilova, who represented Czechoslovakia in an illustrious career during which she won a record-breaking 18 Grand Slam singles titles, came out as gay in 1981, shortly after becoming a US citizen.
Navratilova popped the question to the 42-year-old Russian model in the Tennis Channel suite while the couple was at the U. "I have been waiting for the right time to ask Julia to marry me," Navratilova said to a packed stadium."I thought this was the right place and the right time to pop the question and thankfully I got a 'yes'." Ms.Over five consecutive seasons, she won 428 out of 442 singles matches, averaging fewer than 3 losses per year to 87 wins, for a sustained winning percentage of 96.8%. The retired tennis star tied the knot to longtime partner Julia Lemigova Monday in a private ceremony at the Peninsula hotel in New York City, the duo confirmed to the BBC. "And it all came off, everything worked out perfectly." The pair began dating in 2006 and Navratilova came out in 1981.Later in life, she authored a series of fiction books and was active in the gay rights movement.