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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is a first-time bride at 58

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova is a first-time bride at 58

Martina Navratilova got married on Monday (15 December) to her longtime partner Julia Lemigova.

‘I’m 58 years old – I got married for the first time,’ Navratilova told the BBC shortly after the ceremony. ‘It’s about time. Growing up as a gay woman you just don’t ever thing about that.’

Navratilova proposed to Lemigova during the US Open where she was doing commentary for Tennis Channel.

During a break, she turned to Lemigova, got on one knee, and popped the question.

Lemigova, her girlfriend since 2006, teared up and said ‘yes.’

The proposal was broadcast on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Jumbotron and also seen by television viewers.

The 58-year-old Navratilova came out publicly in 1981 at a time when it was virtually unheard of for a professional athlete to do so – especially one at the height of her career.

Navratilova retired from singles in 1994 but played doubles on the pro tour until 2006 when she retired shortly before her 50th birthday.

She won a total of 59 grand slam titles in singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles – the second most of any player. She holds the record for the longest winning streak (74 matches) and is tied with Billie Jean King for most Wimbledon titles (20).

Navratilova is now making her first foray into coaching.

Last week it was announced that she would join the coaching team of former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska.