A true star of the tennis courts throughout her career, Martina Navratilova recently returned to the front of the stage for a very sad reason. Indeed, the former world number one has officially announced that she has double breast and throat cancer. For the record, the one who won 168 tournaments during her career, including the four Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open, editor’s note), had already fought breast cancer by the past. It was in 2010 that Martina Navratilova revealed that she had this disease during the program Good Morning America on the ABC channel.

The former tennis champion had finally overcome the disease after the removal of a breast tumor, as well as six weeks of radiotherapy. At the time, Martina Navratilova had been able to count on the support of her partner, Julia Lemigova, to get through this ordeal. This will once again be the case for his upcoming fight against his double cancer. As a reminder, Julia Lemigova is a former top model who was the last to be elected Miss USSR in 1991, just before the collapse of the Soviet bloc. She was then ranked 2nd runner-up during the Miss Universe 1991 election. After having lived for a time in Paris, where she was in charge of a cosmetics brand that she had created, Julia Lemigova now resides in Miami with Martina Navratilova.

Wonderful to check in and hear from @Martina #TCLive pic.twitter.com/Shf63Huh8h

— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) January 15, 2023

Martina Navratilova: her companion is the former mistress of banker Édouard Stern

In a relationship with Julia Lemigova since 2006, Martina Navratilova had proposed to her partner during the US Open in 2014. Together, the two women raised two daughters from a previous heterosexual marriage. Before getting in a relationship with the former tennis player, Julia Lemigova was for a time the mistress of the banker Édouard Stern. For her part, Martina Navratilova was the companion of the American novelist Rita Mae Brown in the early 1980s. She also dated the former Miss Texas Judy Nelson. In her autobiography, Martina Navratilova revealed that she had affairs with both men and women.

Martina Navratilova: who is his wife Julia Lemigova?

Julia Lemigova and Martina Navratilova © Backgrid USA

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