Martina Navratilova Quotes
A collection of quotes by Martina Navratilova.
Martina Navratilova is a retired Czechoslovak-born American tennis player, considered one of the greatest female athletes in the history of the sport. Born on October 18, 1956, in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), she achieved a total of 59 Grand Slam titles (singles, doubles, and mixed doubles) throughout her career. Known for her strong serve-and-volley game, Navratilova dominated women's tennis in the 1980s. She has continuously been an advocate for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights. After becoming a US citizen in 1981, she competed for the United States in international tournaments.
People in the States used to think that if girls were good at sports their sexuality would be affected. Being feminine meant being a cheerleader, not being an athlete. The image of women is changing now. You don't have to be pretty for people to come and see you play. At the same time, if you're a good athlete, it doesn't mean you're not a woman.
Being blunt with your feelings is very American. In this big country, I can be as brash as New York, as hedonistic as Los Angeles, as sensuous as San Francisco, as brainy as Boston, as proper as Philadelphia, as brawny as Chicago, as warm as Palm Springs, as friendly as my adopted home town of Dallas, Fort Worth, and as peaceful as the inland waterway that rubs up against my former home in Virginia Beach.