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Martina Navratilova Quotes

Martina Navratilova
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March 20, 2012: "I like to conquer my phobia. I was afraid of heights; I got a pilot's license. My biggest fear was to drown, so I got a scuba-diving license. I get embarrassed dancing by myself, so I figured, why not do it in front of millions of people."
—All-time tennis great Martina Navratilova, on why she is one of 12 well-known hopefuls competing in Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars.
April 27 , 2010: "I’m this healthy person, I’ve been healthy all my life, and all of a sudden I have cancer. Are you kidding me?"
— Tennis legend Martina Navratilova ,53, telling “Good Morning America” she is fine physically but struggles emotionally at times, particularly when discussing her breast cancer diagnosis.
May 1, 2006: “Serena should be in her physical prime, but she is wasting time you cannot ever get back. She had the opportunity to be the greatest in history. Instead, she'll be a supernova who burst on to the scene, and then she was gone. Serena has a gift, and she's not using it. What you really regret are the things you didn't do. Will she get it together, or will she fall so low she'll need wildcard invitations? She may find by then that her head will be there, but her body won't. It's a sad situation.”
Martina Navratilova, on absent tennis superstar Serena Williams, in The Telegraph (UK).
September 12, 2005: "I think the [ATP] are just trying to get rid of doubles and they're doing it slowly. I think they're going at it completely the wrong way. I completely agree with the players because they had no say in the matter. The players are against it. The fans are against it. They want to see doubles. It's just a very near-sighted decision by the tournament promoters."
Martina Navratilova, blasting the impending rule changes to men's doubles, saying they will hurt the sport of tennis as a whole.
August 22, 2004: "You look at the Winter Olympics, you have biathlon. How many people really do that sport? Or curling? How specific is that? So this is a sport played by millions and millions, and understood by millions, and it should be here."
-- Martina Navratilova, on whether tennis belongs in the Olympics (Note: There are more member nations in the International Tennis Federation than in the United Nations)
1991:"I used to carry a gun with me on tour because of the IRA [kidnap] threat."
-Martina Navratilova, in the Daily Mail (UK)

"I played the game the way it ought to be played."

-Martina Navratilova

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