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Czech tennis star Martina Navratilova was one of the world's top tennis players in the 1970s and '80s.
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In 2003, she won mixed doubles championship at Wimbledon. Three years later, she repeated the accomplishment with a win at the U.S. Open.
Coupled with Navratilova's on-court success came her openness about her sexual orientation. "I never thought there was anything strange about being gay," she wrote in her 1985 autobiography, The Lives and Times of Martina Navratilova.
In April 2010, Navratilova revealed that she had breast cancer. After six months of treatment, she became cancer-free.
In retirement, Navratilova hasn't completely stayed out of the public eye. In March 2012, she made her debut on Dancing with the Stars. She's also continued to remain active. Navratilova still regularly plays tennis and competes in triathlons. Additionally, she has served as a fitness ambassador for the American Association of Retired Persons.
In 2008, Navratilova announced plans to open an academy for young tennis players in her home country, the Czech Republic.
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