Martina Navratilova is a legendary tennis player, and has been called the "greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who's ever lived." She has won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam doubles titles and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. She holds the most career titles of any player, male or female. She became a professional tennis player in 1975 at the age of 18, and has been knocking balls around ever since.
Martina is also one of the most famous out lesbians in the world. She came out in 1981, one of the first public figures to do so, and has been a consistent spokesperson on gay and lesbian rights. Her personal life has often been dragged through the courts, most notably by former partner Judy Nelson.
Yesterday Martina announced that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily the prognosis is good and the medics seem confident that it hasn't metastasized and she will make a full recovery. Lesbians all over the world are thinking of you, Martina, and wishing you all the best against this horrible disease.
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Today, lesbian tennis player and former World No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo announced her retirement from the sport at the ripe old age of 30. Mauresmo has been out for ten years, but the focus of the media has always been on her tennis and not her sexuality. Vive la Amelie!