So will all the haters please stop talking
In a sign that supports the notion she's intent on playing singles at Wimbledon, Navratilova said she's requested a wild card into the qualifying draw for Eastbourne next month.
"I asked for a wild card into qualifying so I have more matches," Navratilova said of Eastbourne.
Former Roland Garros champion Jennifer Capriati said she was happy to hear Navratilova received a wild card into the clay-court major, which begins on May 24th, but hoped the wild card didn't come at the expense of a young player.
"Good for her. I just hope that instead of some youngsters that are upcoming, they haven't shunned them away and just decided to give it to Martina," Capriati said. "I understand her being a great champion, but you've got to make way for new players coming up, for the future. But I'm sure they took that into consideration."
Navratilova said she has no intention of becoming a wild card queen and taking wild cards away from deserving younger players, which is why she requested a wild card into the Eastbourne qualifying tournament.
"We have a rule that former Grand Slam winners get a wild card, but within reason," Navratilova said. "They have to be ready to play. I obviously am ready to play. But at the same time, I don't want to abuse that rule and just keep taking wild cards and keep taking spots away from players that would get in the draw. I'm very aware of that, which is part of the reason why I asked for a wild card in the qualifying at Eastbourne rather than the main draw, so I wouldn't be taking anyone's spot away and make it more fair."