Martina Navratilova eliminated from Dancing With the Stars

Tennis legend remains upbeat after being first to be voted off

Martina Navratilova eliminated from Dancing With the Stars
28 March 2012

Martina Navratilova will have to be content with her nine Wimbledon singles trophies because she won’t be adding the Dancing With the Starsmirror ball trophy to her collection of prizes.

The tennis icon was the first celebrity to be eliminated from the ABC reality competition after a poor performance of the Jive with professional dance partner Tony Dovolani.

'It was an amazing experience,' Navratilova told host Tom Bergeron, as the audience gave her a standing ovation. 'But I messed up. I blew it.'

While her Fox Trot during last week's show got only lukewarm reviews from judges, Navratilova's Jive was downright disastrous as she missed an early step and was unable to ever really catch up.

During her two weeks on the show, Navratilova was supported by her tennis contemporaries Chris Evert, Jimmy Connors and Pam Shriver.

On ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday (28 March), Navratilova reflected on the experience.

'I learned that I'm not good enough to get upset, I learned I'm not good enough to cover up my mistakes. But most of all, I learned to have fun and just go for it,' she said.

The 55-year-old athlete, who still competes in the seniors events at tennis's four grand slam tournaments, is a spokesperson for the American Association of Retired Persons and wanted to set an example.

'I'm a health and fitness ambassador for the AARP, and I try to challenge our members to do more with their life, and challenged myself in this way, and I'm glad that I did it and hopefully inspired people to do more in their life,' she said.

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