Martina Navratilova was born on October 18, 1956 at Prague, Czechoslovakia. Her step-father Miroslav Navaratil was her first coach who taught her the basics of the game. Soon she began training rigorously in order to pursue Tennis Player as her profession.
At the age of 15 she came into the spotlight by winning the Czechoslovakia National Tennis Championships. In the year 1975, she turned professional and was playing regularly on the United States Lawn Tennis Association (USLTA) tour. But in 1974 she had already won her first singles title in Orlando, Florida.
In the year 1975, she came runner-up in two major finals namely the Australian Open and the French Open. That year she combined with Chris Evert to win the French Open women’s doubles title. At the age of 18 this teenager had already won a major and was so close to winning a Grand Slam singles title. Her first major singles title came in 1978 at Wimbledon. This also made her the number one player in the world for the first time. She came back and successfully defended her Wimbledon title next year. Her third singles major title came in the 1981 Australian Open by defeating her long time rival Chris Evert.