Navratilova angry her trophies were sold
Martina Navratilova was ticked off after learning this week that some of her Wimbledon trophies were sold at an on-line auction, according to a USA Today report.
Her 1979 Wimbledon doubles trophy ó won with Billie Jean King ó and two singles medallions fetched more than $39,000 on Lelands.com, a sports memorabilia auction house based in Seaford, N.Y.
"I'm very upset," the nine-time Wimbledon singles champ reportedly said from Warsaw, where she was competing in doubles at a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event. "I have no idea how any of my trophies could end up on an auction site. I am missing a couple of semifinal medallions from 1976 and 1980, and also a few things have gotten lost over the years, but I don't remember giving any of my trophies to anyone, especially Grand Slam trophies. I would never give away a Grand Slam trophy."
A Lelands.com spokesman said the name of the person who provided the Wimbledon memorabilia for auction has been given to the tennis legend's attorneys who reportedly contacted the auction house on Wednesday.
"I would like to know how they have authenticated that it's my trophy," the 49-year-old Navratilova said. "They didn't get in touch with me to even check if it was missing."
As USA Today pointed out Bjorn Borg shocked the tennis world nearly two months ago when he announced his intention to auction five Wimbledon singles trophies for "financial security."
But Borg later decided not to auction his trophies after receiving phone calls from several former tennis stars ó including John McEnroe.