“We’ve been together six years and I can’t imagine my life without you. 1 asked her 42-year-old former Russian beauty queen girlfriend. for tennis titan Martina Navratilova, who got down on bended knee and proposed to her longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova at the US Open Saturday.The proposal followed the first men’s semi-final match, in which top seed Novak Djokovic was trounced 6-3 by Japan’s Kei Nishikori.
Here's another picture of the couple together -- just because.
The dominant women's tennis player of her time, Martina Navratilova won every Grand Slam singles title at least twice: Wimbledon (a record nine times), the Australian Open (three), the French Open (two) and the U. Her many matches with former world #1 Chris Evert were particularly famous (with young Tracy Austin in the mix, 1979-81).
Twice before, her longterm relationships have ended in ugly public palimony suits seeking half her fortune.
In 1991, she split with seven-year girlfriend Judy Nelson, herself a former Texas beauty queen, who sued for a $7.5 million in a case that eventually settled for half that amount.
A nervous-looking Navratilova noted that gay marriage is illegal in their home state. “I know we can’t do this yet in Florida.” “They live in Coconut Grove, but they plan to travel to Miami-Dade for the wedding as it is one of the only counties in Florida that allows gay marriage,” the source said.
“Martina wants to hold the wedding there to campaign for gay marriage equality in Florida and elsewhere.” Navratilova, described by Billie Jean King as “the greatest singles, doubles and mixed doubles player who’s ever lived,” has been in a relationship with Lemigova — the last Miss USSR before the collapse of the Soviet Union and a Miss Universe Runner up — since 2006.
By winning the mixed doubles title at the 2003 Australian Open (with Leander Paes of India) she became the first player since Margaret Court to win the singles, doubles and mixed doubles at all four grand slam tournaments. Navratilova and Paes won mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2003, giving her a total of 20 Wimbledon titles…
Still competitive at nearly 50 years of age, Martina Navratilova announced in 2006 that she would again retire after that year’s U. The same win gave her 58 total career grand slam titles, second only to Court’s 62…
Lemigova has two children from a previous marriage, and now runs a skincare business.
Navratilova has no children of her own, and previously described the joys of parenting after Lemigova and her children moved in with her.
I was kicked out on the streets with only the clothes on my back… “Justice for all those lost, wasted years.” That suit settled for an estimated million.