Years ago, I was at a tennis championship match in Toronto. Martina Navratilova walked within four feet of me. She was ranked the highest singles champion This blond athlete, tall and fit, brought tennis to a new level with her speed, aggression and flexibility. I cursed myself for not having a camera with me.
She was a left-handed player who demolished her opposition in single and double matches. Navratilova has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 major women’s doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 major mixed doubles titles
Martina was already a publicly out lesbian, more as a result of a palimony law suit involving a former Miss Texas, Judy Nelson. For me, it was wonderful to see one of the few celebrity lesbians within four feet of me.
At this time, Martina, was in a relationship of author, Rita Mae Brown. I had the lesbian novel, “Rubyfruit Jungle” who was a strong feminist and proud lesbian. Martina has also been a strong advocate for gay rights and human rights in general.
Rita Mae and Martina separated. Later, Martina formed a relationship of seven years with Toni Layton. Unfortunately, this also ended in a bitter out-of-court settlement.
For the past six years, Martina (56) has found love with a Russian who was the last Miss Soviet Union. Julia Lemigova (41) is a successful business woman who lives in Paris, with her two daughters. Now, Martina is part of the family.
Martina and Julia, may you spend many happy and fulfilling years together.