Next to Billie Jean King, is there another better known lesbian tennis player than Martina Navratilova? After winning a record-breaking 18 grand slam singles titles, the 56-year old Czech-born American citizen, gay rights activist and TV personality will be joining the coaching ranks next season, working with Agnieszka Radwanska.
Ranked No. 6 in the tennis world, the 25-year old Radwanska is looking to win her first grand slam and says of Navratilova, “I am absolutely delighted that Martina has agreed to help me and my team next season. She is my idol in tennis and I am honored we will be working together.
Radwanska, who made it to the Wimbledon final in 2012, is focused on winning her first grand slam. “My goal” she continued to say, “is to win a grand slam, so to have someone with Martina’s accomplishments in my corner is going to be hugely advantageous and give me a big boost.”
Winning her first grand slam at the French Open in 1975, Navratilova’s open era record is more than impressive – 167 singles titles, 177 doubles titles and 59 grand slams in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Her final grand slam title came right before she retired in 2006, just one month shy of her 50th birthday, at the U.S. Open mixed doubles with partner Bob Bryan.
Navratilova will be blazing yet another trail in women’s tennis by becoming the first super-coach on the women’s tennis tour. Of Radwanska, Navratilova says “I am really excited about this opportunity to join Agnieszka’s team – I can’t wait to get started.”