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Old Jan 28th, 2014, 09:13 AM   #916
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Had the pleasure of meeting with Martina at the Aust Open this year.
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Old Jan 28th, 2014, 09:15 AM   #917
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...Tracy too
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Old Jan 29th, 2014, 11:00 AM   #918
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Had the pleasure of meeting with Martina at the Aust Open this year.
That's awesome Shane! You must have had the best time ever. Plus you met Christine Maree Evert as well!
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Howdy Craig, it was fun.
I have Rennae Stubbs and Martina to thank for a great two weeks, both know how to to make a gay man very happy!
Yes I also met Chris Evert a couple of times, unfortunately i was in the players lounge both times and it was a bit off to be taking photos whilst in there.... i was a gibbering mess as you can expect, and wouldn't have been able to coordinate a photograph anyway! She was very sweet though and we had a nice chat. I am going out to the Evert Academy to have a look around and might do one of the adult week long clinics for a bit of a hit. I have a mate that lives in Ft Lauderdale that I've been threatening to visit for a while, so it gives me an excuse to do both.
I had met both Martina and Chris before, back in early 80s when i ball-boyed at the old NSW open at White City. I also met both of them back at the old Kooyong site back in the 80s also..but as a adult it was a much more meaningful experience.
Tracy Austin was a hoot also. x
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Howdy Craig, it was fun.
I have Rennae Stubbs and Martina to thank for a great two weeks, both know how to to make a gay man very happy!
Yes I also met Chris Evert a couple of times, unfortunately i was in the players lounge both times and it was a bit off to be taking photos whilst in there.... i was a gibbering mess as you can expect, and wouldn't have been able to coordinate a photograph anyway! She was very sweet though and we had a nice chat. I am going out to the Evert Academy to have a look around and might do one of the adult week long clinics for a bit of a hit. I have a mate that lives in Ft Lauderdale that I've been threatening to visit for a while, so it gives me an excuse to do both.
I had met both Martina and Chris before, back in early 80s when i ball-boyed at the old NSW open at White City. I also met both of them back at the old Kooyong site back in the 80s also..but as a adult it was a much more meaningful experience.
Tracy Austin was a hoot also. x
That's just awesome Shane! I know exactly how you must have felt ... I probably had the same sort of feelings when I met Frankie Durr & Evonne Goolagong etc. Would you get to hit with Chris at Fort Lauderdale? That would be a hoot!
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Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Thanks for sharing with us Bionic71

It's something else to meet numbers 1 to 3 from those golden years.

Of a different note Martina looks so relaxed and happy in that pic. Hopefully she's in a good place in her life now.
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Re: Martina Navratilova Admiration Thread

Interview with Martina on Belgian Television about playing in the legends with Kim Clijsters. They won their first match.

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Martina won her first two legend matches at Wimbledon with Selima Sfar
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Forgot to tell Martina and Selima Sfar lost the legends doubles final at Wimbledon against Jana Novotna/Barbara Schett. Not bad for a 57 year old with a substitute player.
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It was cool to see how moved Martina was by Petra win. And to see Kvitova also mention Martina in her speech.

Ole softy Navratilova had tears in her eyes.
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PBS has a good series of mini-interviews with Martina on different aspects of her career. I will try to post one each day.

Here is one on the "Scandal" of Being Gay-a reference to the 1981 news that broke around Billie Jean King and then Martina.

http://on.aol.com/video/martina-navr...-gay-517993725


This interview from 2009 provides more context:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THJsBRbJe2U

These interviews are important to me in countering the idea Billie Jean and Martina just woke up one day-came out of the closet, and became gay icons. I'm not sure younger people always get just how terrifying it was for them to leap into the unknown, and how non-straight (pun intended) the path was to the icons they are today.

Even into the mid to late 1980s King was selling the notion that Marilyn Barnett was her one and only affair-and Marilyn happened to be a woman. Martina insisted well into the mid 80s that she was bisexual, not lesbian.

It was much more complicated. The tough process they went through made it possible for others lime Mauresmo to be more open.

Those of us who witnessed the crowd giving her a standing ovation after she lost to Tracy at the 1981 US Open will never forget it. The crowd went wild in supporting her at the end. I wish it was on video.

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PBS has a good series of mini-interviews with Martina on different aspects of her career. I will try to post one each day.

Here is one on the "Scandal" of Being Gay-a reference to the 1981 news that broke around Billie Jean King and then Martina.

http://on.aol.com/video/martina-navr...-gay-517993725


This interview from 2009 provides more context:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THJsBRbJe2U

These interviews are important to me in countering the idea Billie Jean and Martina just woke up one day-came out of the closet, and became gay icons. I'm not sure younger people always get just how terrifying it was for them to leap into the unknown, and how non-straight (pun intended) the path was to the icons they are today.

Even into the mid to late 1980s King was selling the notion that Marilyn Barnett was her one and only affair-and Marilyn happened to be a woman. Martina insisted well into the mid 80s that she was bisexual, not lesbian.

It was much more complicated. The tough process they went through made it possible for others lime Mauresmo to be more open.

Those of us who witnessed the crowd giving her a standing ovation after she lost to Tracy at the 1981 US Open will never forget it. The crowd went wild in supporting her at the end. I wish it was on video.


Today, it might be easy to look back at how each handled this and be critical. But it was truly amazing seeing such public people have to deal with that. Their lives were threatened many times. There are still people whose lives are threatened today. But back then it was so much worse.

I think that it's also important to acknowledge people like Chris and Pam who didn't have to speak out in public support of them, yet they did.
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I remember being amazed that Martina could deal with the circus and function at all. That's about the time period things turned around for her results.


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True. I will try and find the letters Tracy and Chris wrote.
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The interviews by Makers for AOL were recorded september 2013 at Martina's home I remember Martina had just moved and it was done at the new home. A couple of months later they were published, I think everybody who saw the videos at that time forgot to post them myself included. I was especially moved by all the troubles this family had with the communist.

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