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Martina Navratilova (05:57)


Navratilova defected to the U.S. and became a world champion tennis player. In 2014, she marries Julia Lemigova. Friends describe Navratilova's personality.

Navratilova's Background (04:15)

Navratilova was born in Czechoslovakia; her parents divorced when she was three. She describes growing up in a communist country and identifies key places in Revnice; see the tennis clubhouse. Family members reflect on her persona and talent.

Soviet Invasion (04:25)

Navratilova began traveling to compete at the age of 14; she met Jan Kodes at the Sparta Praha Club. In 1968, Russian tanks entered Czechoslovakia in response to Alexander Dubcek's reform program. Getting out of the country motivated Navratilova to be the best tennis player.

Navratilova in America (06:07)

Navratilova became national champion at age 17 and began traveling to the U.S.; she recalls gaining weight. In 1975, Navratilova faced challenges obtaining a new visa and decided to defect; her family suffered ramifications.

Professional Tennis (04:41)

In 1978, Navratilova won Wimbledon; Czech television did not broadcast the finals. Navratilova saw her mother four years after she defected. In the 1980s, Navratilova dominated tennis. She and Chris Evert met in 14 grand slam finals.

Rivalry and Team Tennis (03:35)

In 1979, Navratilova won Wimbledon with her mother present. Evert reflects on her rivalry with Navratilova and the American team's trip to Czechoslovakia 11 years after Navratilova defected; the public welcomed them.

Coming Out (04:58)

Navratilova reflects on recognizing her sexuality, telling her parents, and the cost of being an openly gay celebrity. Friends describe Navratilova's passion and persona. Navratilova participates in television commercials.

Tennis Partnerships (02:31)

Navratilova and Pam Shriver were undefeated in 109 matches. She won her 20th Wimbledon title in 2003 and her last title at the U.S. Open mixed doubles in 2006.

Return to Revnice (03:35)

Navratilova visits the dentist, who happens to be her sister, and gives viewers a tour of her hometown. She and her wife are health conscious and monitor their children's diet.

Breast Health (02:56)

Navratilova had a breast cancer scare in 2010. She advocates for regular checkups. Ken Solomon recalls Navratilova receiving treatment before broadcasting a tournament and practicing for a legends tournament.

Vegas to Cambridge (03:14)

Sir Elton John will play doubles with Navratilova against Team Billie Jean King. In Cambridge, Navratilova plays "real tennis" with Sophie Morril. Morril reflects on Navratilova's effect on women's sport.

Lucy Cavendish Honorary Fellow (04:17)

Navratilova was a straight A student until she began traveling; she never graduated high school. She states that there is always a cause to fight for. Loved ones reflect on her contributions and personality. (Credits)

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The iconic tennis player, Martina Navratilova, has had the most remarkable life – both on and off the court. This fascinating film features contributions by famous friends, including Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, and features unprecedented access to her life, including her wedding to Julia Lemigova. This is a rollercoaster personal journey that saw a teenager defect from communist rule, battle to the top in world tennis and also embark on her own brave personal journey to fulfilment off the court. As well as exploring the struggles and huge successes of her career, we see Martina as she is now. At work and at play, living a normal life surrounded by friends, colleagues, and family with Julia and young daughters Vikka and Emma.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL128873

ISBN: 978-1-64023-804-6

Copyright date: ©2016

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