Leander Paes and Martina Navratilova have reached four Grand Slam mixed doubles finals, winning two of them. In a recent interview with The Week, the Indian tennis legend revealed that Navratilova once walked into the men's locker room and she casually told him that she would be her doubles partner.
Paes revealed: "I would always give the factual feeling that when you play with Martina Navratilova, she is a born leader. Navratilova walked into the men's locker room at the US Open two minutes before the sign in, she tapped me on my shoulder and said: You are playing with me.
The rest is history." Navratilova called Paes the best partner, and the tennis player said it would mean a lot to a young boy from Calcutta: "You just said that Martina Navratilova said I was her best partner. We'll take stock.
I'll put an exclamation mark and stop right there. For a boy from Calcutta, that's a big statement."
Navratilova, cancer is now just a bad memory: "What a relief!"
Already last March, Martina had become aware of having defeated throat and breast cancer, but this time she is sure she has removed all traces of it.
In fact, the former champion announced with a tweet that she had received the green light from the doctors after a whole series of checks, news that obviously brought her immense relief. She said: "After a full day of testing at Sloan Kettering, I was cleared!
Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and proton and radiation wizards. What a relief!" In January, Navratilova announced her diagnosis of stage 1 cancer in her throat and breast, but just two months later she was back on the scene as a commentator for the Tennis Channel, claiming she was in remission.
Navratilova's splendid announcement was welcomed by the entire tennis world with great relief and several present and past athletes also wanted to dedicate their thoughts and encouragements to her, such as the former Spanish tennis player Carla Suarez Navarro, also coming from a fight against cancer.
Not long ago, Navratilova was diagnosed with two tumors, one in her throat and one in her breast, which threw her into total panic, she told Piers Morgan on TalkTV. Now, though, she can smile, knowing she's defeated them both: "As far as doctors know, I'm cancer-free." She also planned to adopt a child with her current wife Julia Lemigova, only to postpone everything about her when she learned of the health problems: "I was in total panic for three days thinking I might not see next Christmas.
I came up with a wish list of all the things I wanted to do." Navratilova also recounted her condition during rounds of chemotherapy and proton therapy, which she said was definitely the hardest thing she's ever done."
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