Martina Navratilova: Breast Cancer Diagnosis (Biography)

April 7, 2010

The professional Czech/American Tennis Player Martina Navratilova, who even after years after her retirement still is remembered as one of the best female tennis players in the world, has recently been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Would you like to hear the rest of this news? What about a little biography about her? Keep reading to know all the details behind this news plus take a look a Martina Navratilova’s photos and video below.

Martina Navratilova

Martina was a tennis icon during the late 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s, her name is well known and well respected not only in the Tennis world but over all, we heard that she was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer, which puts sorrow in our hearts. But we have big hope that she is a fighter, she will beat this disease, her doctors are very optimistic about this, luckily it was found in time, and her recovery looks on the right track.

Her Breast Cancer was diagnosed in February after a routine mammogram that showed a cluster on her right breast, but her real diagnosis was non invasive breast cancer – “medically known as carcinoma in situ (which means in place) or DCIS”. It was reported that this cluster is located on the lactiferous or milk ducts and has not spread anywhere in the breast tissue, this news was reported by her doctor and friend Dr. Mindy Nagle.

"I cried, It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it’s completely out of my hands."

DCIS is the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer that attacks women, some doctors don’t even think of DCIS as cancer, although it’s not likely to be considered dangerous – a small percent of cases showed the evidence of metastases. Thank God Martina is not in that small percent, she had her first lumpectomy or radiation therapy in March and she will continue the treatment in May and her chances of full recovery are really great.

"I went four years between mammograms, I let it slide. Everyone gets busy, but don’t make excuses. I stay in shape and eat right, and it happened to me. Another year and I could have been in big trouble. "okay and I’ll make a full recovery."

  “A Little Biography on Martina Navratilova”

  • Martina Šubertová was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia on October 18, 1956.
  • When her mother remarried she took her stepfather’s last name Navratil, but she added her female signature by adding ova at the end.
  • Her stepdad Miroslav Navrátil, became her tennis coach, at age 15 she was already winning titles for Czechoslovakia.
  • At 16 Martina came to the U.S and you know what happened from there, but I can sum it up for you.
  • She became pro in 1975.
  • She got her green card at age 18; right now she has dual citizenship.
  • She won her first French Open title in ’75, she kept on winning in 1982, 84, 85, 86, 87 and 88.
  • Her first U.S Open came in 1977 and they kept coming in 1978, 80, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89 and 91.
  • Her best World Ranking was in 1978 when she ranked number “1”.
  • She lost to Monica Seles in 1991 at the U.S Open.
  • In 1993 she lost against Conchita Martinez in Wimbledon.
  • In the late 90’s she retired from singles.
  • In 2000 she got into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
  • She returned to doubles in 2000, winning at the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2003, and U.S open in 2006.
  • Her last match was on July 6, 2006 at Wimbledon; this was her second retirement.
  • She has two autobiographies – Being My Self and Martina in the U.S.
  • She confirmed her homosexuality in 1981.
  • She has written three novels around 1994 and 1997, The Total Zone, Killer Instinct and Breaking Point.
  • She also wrote a fitness book in 2006 called “Shape Yourself”.
  • She has been romantically involved with Rita Mae Brown, Tony Layton (her breakup ended up in a ugly lawsuit), Judy Nelson and Julia Lemigova.

We hope the best for Martina and her full recovery, Take a look at Martina Navratilova’s photos and video below.

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Martina Navratilova Tribute Video.

Martina Navratilova Breast Cancer Interview Video

Photos: Nikki Nelson, A. Miller, Jeff Daly, Judy Eddy, HRC,

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