Daniela Hantuchova, who got the Career Grand Slam in mixed doubles, breaking down in tears during Martina Navratilova's speech at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Navratilova was awarded the Italian award Racchetta d'Oro, for her achievements and contributions to tennis.
Martina, one of the biggest stars in tennis history, recently recovered from breast and throat cancer, and she gave a beautiful speech, which brought Hantuchova to tears. Daniela, now a tennis commentator for Amazon Prime, was reporting Navratilova's speech to viewers on TV, but she had to pause in the middle of her speech, forced to interrupt herself with emotion and tears.
Daniela Hantuchova also said: "Martina Navratilova, for a person born in Czechoslovakia, is a national hero. For me too, she was our national hero for every single little girl who grew up playing tennis. I just mean from personal experience, coming from the same side of the world, what Martina has achieved in tennis I think must be multiplied by 10 times." Martina Navratilova responded to Daniela Hantuchova on social media, with an kiss emoji.
Martina's beautiful speech
Receiving the Racchetta d'Oro award in Rome, Martimna said in her beautiful speech: "It has been a very difficult year for me but I am fine now. Thank you. I am grateful for obvious reasons to be here with you.
I have always loved coming to Italy. Tennis has given me an amazing life for which I am very grateful. This wonderful sport is quite difficult and for this reason it is a school of life.It teaches you patience, perseverance, to keep fighting, to be fair, to be humble.
Because no player is bigger than the sport and always will be. Even though I've never won this tournament, I've always loved competing here, for the crowd, for all of you. The passion you show for sport is exactly what I feel. That's why I've always felt at home here in Italy."