(January - March 2000)
March 29, 2000: According to Liz Smith's gossip column in the "New York Post," Martina also attended Vanity Fair magazine's post-Oscars party at Mortons restaurant in West Hollywood, Sunday. Martina joked she was having so much fun these days that she only wishes she had retired from tennis sooner!
March 28, 2000: Martina attended the 'Elton John AIDS Foundation / InStyle Magazine Eighth Annual Academy Awards Dinner and After Party' in Hollywood, Sunday. The event raised $500,000 for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Also in attendance were Gloria Estefan, Elizabeth Hurley, Leelee Sobieski, Jane Seymour, James Woods, Jay Leno, Janet McTeer and Olivia Newton-John among others.
March 27, 2000: U.S. Open champion Serena Williams, in Miami for the Ericsson Open, called Martina the greatest female tennis player. In her press conference on Sunday, Williams said, "I always wanted to play her. She's my favorite player. I used to admire her and John McEnroe so much...It would be nice to play against her, even hit against her." To read the transcripts of Serena's press conference, click here.
March 18, 2000: Click here to read a nice 'Associated Press' article, entitled "I would have had ads long before this," in light of Martina's new endorsement. Also, I found the following quote by Martina in a 'Canadian Press' update, which does not appear in the aforementioned 'AP' article: ""Athletics has been in the forefront of social change, whether it's blacks, women or now, homosexuals."
March 15, 2000: Here's some more news on the Subaru ad campaign. It is known as the "What do I know?" ad campaign and is part of Subaru's new creative that features the new 2001MY Subaru Forester. For the official company press release, courtesy of 'Excite News', click here. Martina is quoted in the article, and also included are dates when prominent advertorials will be featured in "USA Today". To see a small picture of the print ad featuring Martina, click here.
March 14, 2000: Martina will be featured in a general campaign for Subaru of America, scheduled to begin this week. American residents will be able to see the TV commercial on networks like ESPN, the Golf Channel and the Outdoor Life Network. The print ads will be featured in publications like Runner's World, Sports Illustrated for Women and USA Today. To read the complete article from "The New York Times," click here. (You will need to register with the New York Times to read the article; registration is free).
March 10, 2000: Martina has committed to the RCA Womens Challenge to be held in Indianapolis, August 11-12. Joining Martina will be Tracy Austin, Virginia Wade, Rosie Casals, Zina Garrison, Wendy Turnbull, Ilana Kloss and Mary Lou Daniels. The event will follow the TeamTennis format, with two groups of four and four sets of doubles to be played each night. For more information, visit the "Womens Sports Legends" website here. You can also view the media release on the official RCA Championships website here.
February 19, 2000: Martina was in New York City on Thursday (February 17) for the 'Open Your Heart Auction' at the Metropolitan Pavilion, which benefited the Bailey House AIDS organization. Martina hosted a special VIP reception and according the the "New York Daily News", one of her tennis rackets was to be auctioned. To visit the website of Bailey House Inc., click here.
February 10, 2000: Martina will be in attendance at the Audi Spirit of Skiing benefit to be held in Aspen, Colorado, February 24-27. The goal is to raise funds for the Prostrate Cancer Initiave, a program dedicated to eradicating prostrate cancer. To visit the offical website of the "Audi Spirit of Skiing", click here.
February 5, 2000: To read an article from the latest issue of "Tennis Week", click here. Martina talks about her tennis career and shares her views on the current womens tour.
January 27, 2000: The "New York Times" had a nice article on Martina and her induction to the International Tennis Hall of Fame. All Martina fans will certainly enjoy it. Click here to read the article.
January 25, 2000: Martina was elected today to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the Recent Player category. Congratulations Martina! She will be inducted in a ceremony at the Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island on July 15. To read the 'Associated Press' tribute to Martina on her induction, click here. For pictures from the news conference in New York earlier today, click on the following three links: Picture One, Picture Two, Picture Three.
January 20, 2000: Martina is currently in Naples, Florida and played in the pro-am of the Subaru Memorial golf tournament, Wednesday. To read the complete article from the 'Naples Daily News', click here. Besides talking about her golf game, Martina also talks about commentating at Wimbledon and mentions that she may possibly even play doubles or mixed doubles there this year!
January 15, 2000: According to the MSNBC website, Martina has joined other animal right's activists in protesting the mistreatment of 2000 doves that were released in Bethlehem during the Millenium celebrations there. For more details, click here to read the article. Please note however, that this article is taken from a gossip column and I have no confirmation regarding it's accuracy. A PETA spokesperson has been quoted in the article, but no information on the incident can be found on PETA's website.