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tennisIlove09
Feb 24th, 2003, 08:25 PM
Vintage stuff beckons legend Navratilova
Febuary 23 2003
By By A Sports Reporter
Gulf-News

Things old and quaint have a charm of their own. It is this aspect that tennis legend Martina Navratilova holds close to her heart. Be it on the court or off it, such things give the former World No 1 immense pleasure.

"I love to go out and take in some old sights," Navratilova said. "The good thing is that I've been winning, which is good, but I will make time and go around the city."

"It's such kind things that keep me interested, the old buildings by the creek-side, the old part of the city, it's simply amazing and so fantastic, just going out and walking around and shopping it's such a mix of cultures here," Navratilova remarked.

"Dubai is such a melting pot of cultures. I thought America was a melting pot. Americans should come here and see how fantastic it is here. One gets to see at least 10 different nationalities at one go. It's simply great for me to come and play here," Navratilova added.

"Formerly I used to enjoy going to Palm Springs and playing. Now I have Doha and Dubai to come to," she smiled.

All of 46 years, Navratilova has won in excess of $20million during her magnificent career spanning over two decades.

This included three Australian Opens, two French Opens, an amazing nine Wimbledon titles and another four U.S. Opens just about sums up the greatness of the player.

But it's not finished for the tennis great as yet. Most recently, during the Australian Open she teamed-up with India's Leander Paes and won the mixed doubles, thus becoming the oldest player to win a trophy on the tour.

"All I wanted to do was to be the youngest player winning something on the tour. But here I am for the wrong reasons ending up as the oldest to win a tournament," Navratilova joked.

"I will be pairing with Leander for the remainder of the year as well," she disclosed.

"I may be 46 on paper, but I feel a lot younger. The body is taking it and I don't see why I can't be doing these things for the next five years,."

Commenting on the Williams sisters' dominance of the women's game she said: "Venus and Serena have taken the game to a completely different level. It's time for the others to catch up."

Sam L
Feb 24th, 2003, 09:39 PM
Wow another 5 years, Go Martina! :D