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Martina News
(July - December 2000)



December 3, 2000: In an article in "Tennis Week" magazine, Martina admitted that she may not play World TeamTennis next year. She did confirm, however, that she will play a similar Sanex WTA Tour doubles schedule next year as the one this year. On the subject of WTT, Martina said, "The way I feel now, I probably won't play next year. The last few years, I was playing TeamTennis but nothing else. Now I am planning on playing the same tournament schedule in doubles that I did this year, so the TeamTennis season would be my one time to relax and take a break after two months of solidly playing tennis. If I do play it would probably be one or two matches but not anything on a bigger level, certainly not the whole season. It is too hard for me to travel and play on the same day and be able to take care of my body. At my age it is impossible." For the complete article, click here. You will need to scroll down towards the end for Martina's quotes. She also talks about the various aspects of TeamTennis she enjoys.

November 11, 2000: Martina will guest star on the comedy show "Will and Grace" as herself. According to Army Archerd's column in "Variety," Martina recently taped the guest shot at the show's studio in Studio City, California. The episode is scheduled to air on November 23 on NBC in the U.S. Mr. Archerd reports that during the taping, Martina received a standing ovation from the audience.

November 11, 2000: Here are links to a few photos of Martina from last month. Firstly, for a photo of Martina and Nancy Lieberman-Cline, taken at the Women's Sports Foundation Gala in New York City on October 16, click here. Secondly, for photos of Martina taken in Tokyo during the player's party at the Toyota Princess Cup, click on the following links: Photo One, Photo Two. The photos are from the website of Daja Bedanová, promising young Czech tennis player. The first photo is a group shot with Martina in the back row to the left. In the second one, we see Martina with Daja and her father, Jan Bedan. Records of her early results show that in 1971, Martina reached the final of the Czechoslovak National Mixed Doubles Championships teaming up with none other than Jan Bedan. Martina was 14 years old at the time.

October 17, 2000: Martina was honoured with the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award at the Women's Sports Foundation 21st Annual Salute to Women in Sports, "No Limits" Awards Dinner yesterday. The Gala took place at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. For an article on the event from the "New York Times," click here. You will need to be a registered user of the NY Times website to read the article. Registration is free. For a photo of Martina together with Serena Williams in New York yesterday, click here.

October 16, 2000: For a brief report on the Rainbow Endowment's annual awards ceremony in Philadelphia on Friday, courtesy of the "Philadelphia Inquirer," click here. Scroll down to the title "Work of late AIDS activist honored with $10,000 award."

October 13, 2000: Martina is in Philadelphia today for the Rainbow Endowment's annual awards ceremony. She is the co-founder and spokeswoman of the Rainbow program. For a nice article from "The Philadelphia Gay News," click here. You will have to scroll about halfway down the page to the title "Navratilova - activist, icon - endures." My thanks to the person who alerted me to this event by e-mail.

October 6, 2000: Click here for an article on Martina's recent loss in Tokyo, courtesy of "tennis.net". Martina confirms that this was her last tour event of the year, but she is planning on a similar tour schedule for next year.

October 4, 2000: Martina and Monica lost their doubles quarterfinal match today to the #4 seeds, Jelena Dokic and Corina Morariu 7-6(5) 6-2. Most likely, this is Martina's final Sanex WTA Tour event of the year. Sayuri Igarashi was present at both Martina's matches in Tokyo this week and has written a nice report on the Martina Navratilova Fan Zone at the CNN/SI message board. To read the reports, click on the following links: Day One, Day Two. Note: if you get to a login screen first, click on the "Guest Access" button to proceed. My special thanks to Sayuri for the reports.

October 3, 2000: Martina watched an earlier first round match today between Ai Sugiyama and Alexandra Stevenson sitting besides Prince and Princess Akishinonomiya of Japan. For an 'Associated Press' article on yesterday's action, click here. For a report by "tennis.net," click here.

October 3, 2000: Martina and Monica won their first round match today defeating Rita Grande and Meghann Shaughnessy 6-1 7-6(4). My special thanks to Sayuri for the information. Tomorrow, they are scheduled to take on Jelena Dokic and Corina Morariu in the quarterfinals.

October 2, 2000: Martina is in Tokyo for the Toyota Princess Cup starting today. She's playing doubles with Monica Seles. They will face Rita Grande and Meghann Shaughnessy in their first round match scheduled for tomorrow. For the complete doubles draw, courtesy of the tournament website, click here.

September 18, 2000: Martina will serve as an honorary chairwoman at the Friends of Conservation Gala to be held at the Hotel Inter-Continental in Chicago, October 27. The Friends of Conservation (FOC) is an environmental protection group, founded in 1983 by Geoffrey Kent and Jorie Butler-Kent. It is dedicated to conserving wildlife and natural habitat in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve and other areas of East Africa.

September 18, 2000: Last week, after the U.S. Open, Martina moved up to #72 in the Sanex WTA Tour doubles rankings, a position she retains in the latest rankings released today. As has been mentioned earlier, she is the first and so far only player to have been ranked by the tour computer for 4 different decades.

September 18, 2000: Many of you may already be aware of the recent updates to the International Tennis Hall of Fame website. Their Fall 2000 Newsletter features some nice photos of Martina from the enshrinement weekend in July. The links to select include: Enshrinement Day, Candid Photo Gallery, Enshrinement Exhibitions.

September 10, 2000: Click here for a nice article on Martina, written by George Cross, corporate sports editor of Canoe Sports, entitled "Martina a Marvel."

September 10, 2000: On Friday (September 8), Martina attended the "Newport in New York Gala and Silent Auction" held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Her fellow enshrinees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame this year, Malcolm Anderson and The Honorable Robert Kelleher, were also present. The Gala featured entertainment, tennis insights and light-hearted tributes along with special videos of the enshrinees and tennis highlights. On a similar note, the Hall of Fame website has added a new page to their "Martina the Magnificent" feature. Included in this Introduction page is a nice photo of Martina with her mother, Jana.

September 10, 2000: So far, I have been unable to find any articles or photos from the Civil Society Vision Award Dinner. However, the transcripts of Secretary of State Albright's acceptance speech are available on her website. For more, click here.

September 8, 2000: Martina attended the "Civil Society Vision Award Dinner" at the Plaza Hotel in New York City yesterday. The event was organized by the American Friends of the Czech Republic (Martina is on their National Sponsoring Committee). The highlight of the evening was U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright receiving the award from Czech President Vaclav Havel. Tom Brokaw was the Master of Ceremonies. No photos or articles on yesterday's proceedings are available at the moment. For the event website, click here.

September 8, 2000: One of Martina's sponsors, Subaru of America Inc., has saluted Martina in her return to the U.S. Open. To read the complete press release, click here.

September 8, 2000: Tennis great Rosie Casals shared her opinions on possible doubles partners for Martina in a nice 'Associated Press' article here. Rosie is playing the Womens Masters doubles and the Senior Mixed doubles at the U.S. Open.

September 5, 2000: Martina's U.S. Open run ended today. Anke Huber and Barbara Schett beat Martina and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario 6-3 6-2 in their third round doubles encounter. For photos from today's match, click on the following links: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three. The U.S. Open website also has the transcripts of Martina's very interesting (as always) post-match press conference. Click here for more. You will also be able to watch a video clip covering the first segment of the press conference. For another audio clip, this one courtesy of the BBC website, click here. The clip highlights Martina talking about the current #1 women's player, Martina Hingis. For the match report from the tournament website, click here. And here are links to various articles: Tournament Website, BBC Sport, Agence France-Press. Please note that the BBC and AFP articles both inaccurately mention that Martina was aiming for a "record 20th Grand Slam title." Be rest assured that she was after no such record at the Open. Her career Grand Slam total stands at 56 titles, an Open Era record.

September 4, 2000: Martina and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario will take on the #7 seeds, Anke Huber and Barbara Schett in their third round mixed doubles match tomorrow. The match has been scheduled second on the Louis Armstrong Stadium.

September 4, 2000: Martina and Rick Leach lost their second round mixed doubles match today to the #4 seeds, Anna Kournikova and Max Mirnyi 6-3 4-6 7-5. Martina and Rick were up a break on two occasions in the third set (2-1 and 4-3) but failed to capitalize. It bears mentioning that Rick had completed his tough second round mens doubles match (winning in a third set tie-break) just an hour before the mixed doubles match began. And the conditions today were extremely windy. For a match report from the tournament website, click here. Rain caused the day's schedule to be changed again. Martina and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario's third round doubles match was postponed to tomorrow.

September 3, 2000: Rain interrupted play on a number of ocassions today at the U.S. Open and Martina's mixed doubles match was one of many that had to be postponed to tomorrow. Martina has 2 matches to play tomorrow, both on Louis Armstrong stadium. First, it's her womens doubles match with Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario against the #7 seeds, Anke Huber and Barbara Schett. That match is scheduled third. And the court's fifth match of the day sees Martina and Rick Leach taking on the #4 seeds, Anna Kournikova and Max Mirnyi in the mixed doubles.

September 3, 2000: For articles on yesterday's action from the major news agencies, click on the following links: Reuters, Agence France-Presse. Click here for another 'Associated Press' photo from last night, this one featuring Martina without her glasses! On the tournament website, you can find the match report here. And finally, Martina is the subject of two nice articles today. Click on the following newspaper links: The Los Angeles Times, The New York Post.

September 2, 2000: Martina and Rick Leach will take on the #4 seeds, Anna Kournikova and Max Mirnyi in their second round mixed doubles match tomorrow. The match has been scheduled fourth on the Grandstand court.

September 2, 2000: Martina and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario won their second round doubles match tonight, beating Jennifer Capriati and Anna Kournikova, the #14 seeds, 7-5 6-0. For now, here are a few photos from the match: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three, Photo Four. The first three are by the 'Associated Press' and the last one from the tournament website. Links to articles, reports or other photos will be posted tomorrow, if available.

September 2, 2000: For photos from Martina's mixed doubles match yesterday, click on the following links: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three. The first one is by the 'Associated Press' and the next two from the tournament website. For a match report, courtesy of the tournament website, click here.

September 1, 2000: Martina and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario will take on the #14 seeds, Jennifer Capriati and Anna Kournikova tomorrow on the Arthur Ashe stadium to open the evening session. For all U.S. residents, the match is expected to be televized live by USA Network. Make sure to check your local listings.

September 1, 2000: Martina and Rick Leach won their first round doubles match today, defeating Alexandra Stevenson and Brian MacPhie 4-6 6-3 7-6(7-2). Links to match-related articles or photos, if available, will be posted tomorrow.

September 1, 2000: Martina and Rick Leach will take on Brian MacPhie and Alexandra Stevenson in their opening mixed doubles match today. The match has been scheduled fourth on the Louis Armstrong stadium.

September 1, 2000: Martina and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario won their first round doubles match yesterday, scoring a thrilling 5-7 6-2 7-6(7-3) victory over Sabine Appelmans and Linda Wild. Click on the following links for reports on the match by the major news agencies: Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France-Press. There are two photos available: Photo One, Photo Two. The first one is by the 'Associated Press,' the second by 'Reuters.' There's also a short write-up on yesterday's match in the "New York Times" Click here to read their U.S. Open notebook for yesterday. Scroll down to the heading "Still a Fan Favorite." Note: you need to be a registered NY Times website user to access the article. Registration is free. For a match report from the tournament website, click here.

August 30, 2000: Martina plays her first match at the U.S. Open tomorrow when she teams with Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario against Sabine Applemans and Linda Wild in their first round doubles match. The match has been scheduled fourth on the Grandstand court. For the complete schedule of play for Day Four, click here.

August 29, 2000: The U.S. Open mixed doubles draw has been released. Martina and Rick Leach will play Brian Macphie and Alexandra Stevenson in the first round. For the complete mixed doubles draw, click here.

August 29, 2000: In the latest Sanex WTA Tour doubles rankings, released yesterday, Martina breaks into the top 100 at #88. She earned 102 points for reaching the semifinals in New Haven last week with Katarina Srebotnik. For the complete Sanex WTA Tour doubles ranking list, click here.

August 29, 2000: Martina was honored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) on Sunday in Provincetown, Massachusetts at the Thirteenth Annual Provincetown Deck Party. For an article, courtesy of the "Cape Cod Times," click here. The article is accompanied by a photo of Martina with one of the board members of the NGLTF.

August 26, 2000: Here are links to articles on yesterday's action from some of the newspapers in Connecticut: The Hartford Courant, The New Haven Register, The News-Times. The last two articles are each accompanied by a photo of Martina on court yesterday. Click here for a nice 'Associated Press' article on the great inspiration Martina has been to the fans. And here for yet another nice article from yesterday's "Journal Inquirer."

August 25, 2000: Unfortunately, Martina and Katarina Srebotnik lost their semifinal match today to the #2 seeds, Julie Halard-Decugis and Ai Sugiyama 6-3 6-2. For the transcripts of their post-match press conference, click here. And click here for a photo of Martina and Katarina after the match. Links to newspaper articles and any other photos will be added tomorrow.

August 25, 2000: For the transcripts of Martina's and Katarina's post-match press conference yesterday, click here. My special thanks to Lisa for alerting me to this on the ASAP Sports website. And for an earlier article from "The News-Times," dated August 22, click here. The article covers many issues discussed by Martina in her press conference on Monday.

August 25, 2000: Click on the following links for articles on Martina's wins yesterday: The Hartford Courant, The New Haven Register, The Connecticut Post, The News-Times. There are also two more photos from yesterday's first round match: Photo One, Photo Two. The first one is from "The Connecticut Post" and the second from "The News-Times."

August 24, 2000: The U.S. Open women's doubles draw is out. Martina and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario will meet Sabine Appelmans and Linda Wild in the first round. For the complete draw, courtesy of the tournament website, click here.

August 24, 2000: Martina and Katarina Srebotnik won two matches today in New Haven to advance to the semifinals. In their opening round match, they upset the #4 seeds, Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva 6-1 6-4. In the ensuing quarterfinal, they defeated Kveta Hrdlickova and Patty Schnyder 6-4 6-0. Their semifinal match is scheduled second on Stadium court in tomorrow's day session. For an 'Associated Press' article on today's action, click here. For 'AP' photos from the first round match, click on the following links: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three. I will add links to more articles (should there be any) tomorrow once the newspaper websites are updated. An article in today's "New Haven Register" talks about the rain delay that wiped out most of the yesterday's play. Included in the article are quotes from fans about having Martina back again. Click here for the article.

August 24, 2000: Belgium's top-ranked women's player, Dominique Van Roost, says it's been a great thrill to see Martina on tour again. Talking to "The Hartford Courant," she said, "It's nice to talk to her and watch her prepare for her matches. It's nice to see her. It's very good for the tour. She is mature and older than us, but it's great to have her back. She helps us a lot... I wish I could be in that kind of shape at her age. She is still a champion to me." And she always will be to us all! Thanks, Dominique!

August 23, 2000: Rain interrupted play today in New Haven. Martina's doubles match has been postponed till tomorrow. The match is scheduled fourth on Stadium court in the Day session. Should Martina and Katarina Srebotnik win, they will have to play their quarterfinal match in the evening against Kveta Hrdlickova and Patty Schnyder. On a side note, Martina's return is a big hit with the fans in New Haven and for a few samples of the fan reaction, click here. The article is from "The New Haven Register" and you will need to scroll down to the 'un-boldfaced' subheading, "Crowds react to Martina."

August 23, 2000: Martina will be one of the speakers for the 2000-2001 Distinguished Speakers Series at Pennsylvania State University. She is scheduled to speak on February 6, 2001 at the Eisenhower Auditorium.

August 22, 2000: Martina and Katarina Srebotnik are scheduled to play their opening round doubles match tomorrow in New Haven on the Stadium Court at 7:00 p.m., Eastern time. They will meet the #4 seeds, Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva. For an article on Martina, courtesy of "The Hartford Courant," click here. "The New Haven Register" also has an article, accompanied by a photo of Martina at her press conference yesterday. Click here for more.

August 22, 2000: Martina is quoted in today's 'Daily Match Points' section on the website of "Tennis Week" magazine, talking about her upcoming return to the U.S. Open. Says Martina, "It's really exciting to be back after five years. Although I've felt at home at the U.S. Open for years, it's doubly exciting because it will be a new experience playing at Arthur Ashe Stadium." This year, Martina will become the first player at the U.S. Open to have played in three main stadiums there. She has previously played at the West Side Tennis Club stadium at Forest Hills and Louis Armstrong Stadium in Flushing Meadows.

August 22, 2000: Here are some more tidbits from New Haven. On Monday, Martina made a guest appearance at the tournament's official player party and was on hand to meet the tournament sponsors. This info is courtesy of the Sanex WTA Tour's tournament notes for Tuesday. "The New York Times" reports that Martina's practice session yesterday on a field court in New Haven, far away from the stadium at the Connecticut Tennis Center, attracted quite a crowd. More than 300 spectators were on hand watching her practice with Katarina Srebotnik, about double the size of the crowd watching an actual match on a nearby court! Finally, one of the questions Martina had to field in her press conference yesterday concerned how dominant Serena and Venus Williams would have been in other eras. Martina opined, "It depends which racket they were using. If we had the wood and they have the graphite, we'd be in trouble. The great players would be great at any time. Suzanne Lenglen would be a No. 1 right now if she was 20 years old." Well said, Martina!

August 21, 2000: Martina will compete at the Toyota Princess Cup in Tokyo in October, organizers announced yesterday. She will play doubles with Monica Seles. For the complete article, click here. This will be the first time that Martina and Monica play doubles at a WTA Tour event.

August 21, 2000: Click here for a nice 'Associated Press' article on Martina and Pam Shriver and their amazing 11-year doubles partnership. Pam is in New Haven as a TV analyst for ESPN.

August 20, 2000: Anne Worcester, the tournament director for the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament and former CEO of the WTA Tour, talks about how she managed to get Martina to play in New Haven after months of trying in this nice 'Associated Press' article, here.

August 20, 2000: Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, who was in Montréal this week for the du Maurier Open, explained yesterday how her upcoming doubles partnership with Martina at the U.S. Open came about. Said Sánchez-Vicario, "I was planning to play with Amélie Mauresmo but she was injured. I guess Martina saw that I didn't have a partner and asked me if I was interested. We've played together and we had some success but it was nine or 10 years ago. I've played a lot of matches against and it will be good to have her as a partner."

August 20, 2000: Martina and Katarina Srebotnik will face the #4 seeds, Cara Black and Elena Likhovtseva in their opening match at the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Connecticut which began today. "The Hartford Courant" reports that Martina is expected to arrive in New Haven tomorrow. The exact date for her first match has not been decided as yet. The complete doubles draw can be found on Michael Blue's WTA Tour Results page. For a nice article from "The Hartford Courant" on Martina's doubles partner, Katarina Srebotnik, click here.

August 20, 2000: Finally, here are the individual set scores from Day Two at the RCA Championships Women's Challenge in Indianapolis, August 12. In the first match, Martina and Virginia Wade defeated Ilana Kloss and Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels 6-4. Next, Martina and Rosie Casals lost to Tracy Austin and Piatek-Daniels 6-4. Austin and Kloss then beat Martina and Wendy Turnbull 7-5 in the day's final match. Only 3 sets were played as Zina Garrison got sick and was unable to play. The final set counted for double points. Team Austin was the winner of the two-day event. My special thanks go out to WSL for the scores.

August 18, 2000: It is finally official: Martina will be playing at the U.S. Open this year! The USTA announced today that Martina has been granted a wild card into the womens doubles and mixed doubles events at the Open. Martina will be partnered by Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario in the doubles and Rick Leach in the mixed. For the complete USTA press release, click here. For articles by the major news agencies, click on the following links: Reuters, Associated Press. Martina and Rick Leach will be playing together for the first time. Martina has played doubles with Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario before: Hilton Head Island in 1990 and Barcelona in 1991. They won both events. In other news, click here to read the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament press release announcing Martina's participation in New Haven next week.

August 15, 2000: Martina has received a doubles wild card to compete in the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Connecticut starting next week. She will play with upcoming 19-year-old Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia. To read the complete 'Associated Press' article, click here. Martina is quoted in the article, talking about the last time she played in New Haven in 1994. That year, she won the SNET Classic, an exhibition event, defeating Jana Novotná in the final, 7-5 7-5.

August 13, 2000: Unfortunately, I don't have the individual scores from yesterday's matches, but Team Austin was the overall winner. I will post the scores as soon as I get the information. For photos and mpeg video clips from the action in Indianapolis, check out the "Photo section" on the tournament website here. They have 4 photos of Martina and two video clips of her doubles match with Rosie.

August 12, 2000: An article on Martina from "The Indianapolis Star" indicates that she is planning on playing the U.S. Open later this month! No details were given on who her partner would be. For the complete article, click here. For a photo of Martina in action yesterday, click here.

August 12, 2000: Martina played three one-set matches yesterday at the RCA Championships Women's Challenge in Indianapolis, winning 2 of them. It appears the teams were changed at the last moment. Virginia Wade and Ilana Kloss swapped places. Both Martina's winning matches came partnering Rosie Casals. First, they defeated Tracy Austin and Kloss 6-5(5-4). In their next match, Martina and Rosie defeated Zina Garrison & Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels 6-4. Martina teamed up with Wendy Turnbull in the last match of the day, which they lost to Austin and Garrison 6-2. After Day One action, Team Austin led Team Navratilova 20-17. A quick observation: the three oldest playeres of the eight (Wade, Casals, Turnbull) were lumped together in Martina's team, while the three youngest (Austin, Garrison, Piatek-Daniels) were all on the opposing side.

August 11, 2000: Martina is expected to compete in the RCA Championships Women's Challenge in Indianapolis, beginning today. The format for the event features two teams playing 8 doubles matches against each other over two days. Martina is the captain of "Team Navratilova" and is joined by Rosie Casals, Ilana Kloss and Wendy Turnbull. On the opposing side is "Team Austin," captained by Tracy Austin, who has Zina Garrison, Virginia Wade and Mary Lou Piatek-Daniels on her team. Martina has three matches scheduled for tonight: Martina/Casals vs. Austin/Wade; Martina/Kloss vs. Garrison/Piatek-Daniels; Martina/Turnbull vs. Austin/Garrison. World TeamTennis scoring will be used. To visit the section on the women's challenge on the RCA Championships website, click here.

July 31, 2000: Martina won both her matches on Saturday as the Electrics defeated the New York Hamptons 22-20. In the doubles, Martina and Nannie de Villiers scored a 5-3 victory over Tina Krizan and Monique Viele. In the mixed doubles, Martina and Brent Haygarth defeated Krizan and Jonathan Stark 5-4(5-4). My special thanks to Andee, for e-mailing me the scores. He reports that Martina played very well and held her own against the younger players in her final WTT match of the season. Overall, Martina's 2000 WTT record stands at 8 victories out of 11 matches. Congratulations, Martina, for this impressive showing!

July 30, 2000: Unfortunately, I have been unable to find any information on yesterday's match against the Hamptons. The WTT website has not been updated either. Hopefully, I will have the results to post tomorrow. It was Martina's last WTT match of this season.

July 29, 2000: Martina will play her final WTT match of the season today as the Electrics take on the New York Hamptons in East Quogue, New York. She is expected to play doubles and the mixed.

July 29, 2000: Martina's team won once again yesterday, as the Electrics defeated the Hartford FoxForce 20-15 in Hartford. Martina played two matches. In the doubles, Nannie de Villiers and she were beaten by Liezel Horn and Bethanie Mattek 5-2. But in the mixed doubles, Martina came back with Brent Haygarth to defeat James Blake and Horn 5-2. For an 'Associated Press' article on yesterday's match (with the main focus on Martina), click here. For another article from "The Hartford Courant," click here. And finally, here is an 'Associated Press' photo of Martina in action last night: Photo One.

July 28, 2000: Martina will be in Hartford tonight as the Electrics take on the FoxForce. She is expected to play doubles and the mixed. Martina will also be honored in a special celebration. For an article from the "Hartford Courant," click here.

July 28, 2000: Martina won all her matches yesterday against the Hartford FoxForce, including a surprise singles match! Against Bethanie Mattek, a player 28 years her junior, Martina turned back the clock as she scored a 5-3 victory. This was her first WTT singles match in two years. In the doubles, Martina and Nannie de Villiers defeated Mattek and Liezel Horn 5-2. Martina also won the mixed doubles with Brent Haygarth over James Blake and Horn 5-2. Overall, the Electrics defeated the FoxForce 24-15. To read a report on the match, courtesy of "The Daily Gazette," click here. "On the Line Tennis Magazine" also has a detailed report on yesterday's match. Click here for more. Besides the tennis, Martina also served as an auctioneer in between matches as fans bid on autographed items and other fan memorabilia.

July 27, 2000: Martina will return to WTT action today as the Schenectady County Electrics take on the Hartford FoxForce at home. She is expected to play doubles and the mixed.

July 27, 2000: Martina was in attendance at a WNBA game yesterday in Auburn Hills, Michigan (accompanied by her dog, Bina) as the Detroit Shock took on the Miami Sol. Martina began the night's proceedings by tossing the honorary jump ball and then watched the game from the Shock bench, alongside the coach for the Shock, her good friend Nancy Lieberman-Cline. The Shock won 78-62. Afterwards, Nancy joked, "With a few seconds left I turned to Martina and told her it was so nice she was moving back to Detroit and spending the rest of the season with us. She gave us good karma tonight." For an 'Associated Press' photo of Martina with Bina and Nancy at yesterday's game, click here. My special thanks to Anne Salo for alerting me to the photo.

July 23, 2000: Martina will be honored at a special "Newport in New York Gala" on September 8 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Malcolm Anderson and the Honorable Robert Kelleher, who were also inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame last week, will be similarly honored. The proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Hall of Fame's programs of preserving the history of the spot, focusing on junior development and inner-city youths and maintaining the National Historical Landmark facility in Newport, Rhode Island. For more information, please call (212) 843-1740.

July 19, 2000: 'Reuters' has released a tribute article to Martina on the occasion of her Hall of Fame induction. Click here to read it.

July 19, 2000: Unfortunately, Martina lost both her matches yesterday as the Electrics went down to the Delaware Smash 24-16. In the mixed doubles, Martina and Brent Haygarth were defeated by Mike Sell and Mariaan de Swardt 5-1. In the womens' doubles, Martina and Nannie De Villiers were beaten by de Swardt and Mary Joe Fernandez 5-3. To read an article on yesterday's match, courtesy of "The News Journal," click here. The article is accompanied by a photo of Martina. Her next scheduled WTT match is on July 27 when the Electrics take on the Hartford FoxForce at home.

July 18, 2000: Martina will be in action today as the Electrics take on the Delaware Smash in Wilmington, Delaware. For an article from "The News Journal," click here.

July 18, 2000: Martina chatted briefly on AOL and CBS Sportsline today. To read the chat transcripts, click here.

July 18, 2000: Martina won both her matches yesterday as the Schenectady County Electrics scored a 21-20 victory over the Hartford FoxForce at home yesterday. In her doubles match, Martina and Nannie De Villiers defeated Liezel Horn and Bethanie Mattek 5-2. In the mixed doubles, Martina and Brent Haygarth defeated Horn and James Blake 5-4(5-4) to tie the score at 20-20. A super tie-break ensured, with Martina and Brent winning it 7-3 to seal the victory. For press reports on the match, please click on the following newspapers: The Daily Gazette, The Times Union. In addition, "Tennis on the Line" magazine has a detailed report on the matches yesterday, which can be read here.

July 18, 2000: Bud Collins has written another wonderful tribute to Martina, this one on the MSNBC website. Click here to read it. And here is a link to another pre-induction article on Martina from 'The Philadelphia Inquirer.'

July 17, 2000: Martina will make her World TeamTennis debut today as the Schenectady County Electrics take on the Hartford FoxForce at home. Martina is expected to play doubles with Nannie DeVilliers and mixed doubles with Brent Haygarth. For an article from "The Daily Gazette," click here.

July 16, 2000: There have been some nice articles on Martina in light of her Hall of Fame induction yesterday. Click on the following links for more: The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Hartford Courant. There also are short audio clips of Martina's acceptance speech on the CNN/SI (scroll down to the multimedia section) and ESPN websites.

July 15, 2000: Martina was inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame today. Congratulations, Martina! For articles on today's proceedings, click on the following links: Reuters, Associated Press, The Providence Journal. And here are the photos: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three, Photo Four, Photo Five. The first photo is from "The Providence Journal" while the rest are by the "Associated Press."

July 15, 2000: Click here for an article on Martina from "The Hartford Courant." It appears to be an extension of the earlier ESPN article.

July 14, 2000: Martina will be inducted to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, tomorrow. The day will begin with a doubles match at 11:00 a.m. featuring Rosie Casals, Zina Garrison, Pam Shriver and Wendy Turnbull. The Enshrinement ceremony will commence at 1:10 p.m. on the Bill Talbert Center Court. Renée Richards, Martina's friend and onetime coach, will present her for her induction. Martina is also scheduled to be in town Sunday, July 16, and will be at the Newport Casino at 1:00 p.m., along with Billie Jean King, for an autograph-signing session.

July 14, 2000: To celebrate Martina's enshrinement to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, a special exhibition of memorablia, trophies and images from her unrivaled career will showcased in the Atrium Gallery at the Tennis Hall of Fame Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. This exhibition runs through till April 1, 2000. To visit the official website, click here. The website has a special section, entitled "Martina the Magnificent" as a tribute to the greatest female tennis player in history. To begin the tribute, click here.

July 14, 2000: Bud Collins has written a nice tribute to the 3 enshrinees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, with the main focus on Martina. To read the article, click here.

July 14, 2000: This is long overdue, but finally, here are the Netcam and Slamcam photos from Wimbledon. Click on the following links for the Netcam photos: Second Round Ladies' Doubles, First Round Mixed Doubles, Quarterfinal Ladies' Doubles. And here are the Slamcam photos from Martina's third round doubles match: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three, Photo Four, Photo Five, Photo Six, Photo Seven. My special thanks go out to Réjane Traver for e-mailing me the photos.

July 13, 2000: Click here for a nice article on Martina from ESPN's website. Pam Shriver also talks about Martina's upcoming induction to the Hall of Fame as well as her opinions on Martina's amazing career accomplishments. And click here for another article on Martina from "The Times Union."

July 12, 2000: Martina talks about the possibility of her participating at the U.S. Open next month in this 'Associated Press' article.

July 12, 2000: On July 18, Martina will take part in a live chat, courtesy of World TeamTennis and CBS Sportsline. The chat will be simulcast on AOL (key word AOL Live) as well as CBS Sportsline. The chat takes place at 5:00 p.m., Eastern time (9:00 p.m., GMT). To go to the start-up page on CBS Sportsline, click here.

July 10, 2000: In the latest WTA Tour rankings, Martina moves up to #116 in the doubles rankings. For the complete list, click here.

July 7, 2000: To read Martina's final column for 'USA Today,' click here.

July 5, 2000: Martina and Mariaan lost their doubles quarterfinal match today, going down to the #8 seeds, Serena and Venus Williams 4-6 6-2 6-1. To listen to Martina's post-match press conference and read the transcripts, courtesy of the touranment website, click here. All reports on the match from the major news agencies include quotes from the aforementioned interview. Here are some of the articles: Reuters, Associated Press, Ananova. And click on the following links for articles from some of the British newspapers and sports websites: The Daily Telegraph, The Times, tennis.net, Sportlive. Match statistics from the tournament website can be found here. For photos from today's action, click on the following links: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three, Photo Four, Photo Five, Photo Six, Photo Seven, Photo Eight, Photo Nine, Photo Ten, Photo Eleven, Photo Twelve. Credits: photo one by 'Reuters,' the second by 'AP,' the next two by 'Empics,' photo five by 'Allsport,' photos six through ten from the tournament website, photo eleven by 'AFP' and photo twelve by 'tennis.net.'

July 4, 2000: Martina and Mariaan are through to the quarterfinals after defeating Amélie Mauresmo and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario today, 6-1 6-1. They will next face the #8 seeds, Serena and Venus Williams. The match is scheduled first on Court 2 tomorrow. For an 'Associated Press' report on today's match, click here. And here are two other articles on today's match from The Daily Telegraph and The Times. For pictures, please click on the following links: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three, Photo Four. The first photo is by 'Reuters,' the next two by 'AFP' and the last one from the tournament website.

July 3, 2000: Martina and Mariaan will play Amélie Mauresmo and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario in the third round of the ladies' doubles at Wimbledon tomorrow. The match has been scheduled third on Court 1. Martina's latest column for 'USA Today' appeared today and can be read here. And here are two articles from the BBC website: first, one on Martina's new tennis attire by 'lucy.com', entitled "Restyling a champion". Special thanks to Lisa for this link, which I found on her excellent Martina website, "Martina's Home Page". And for the second article, click here. It's a nice interview. Many thanks to Ian Rashid for the link.

July 2, 2000: Martina has the day off tomorrow. Pam Shriver talks about Martina and yesterday's Champions' Parade at Wimbledon in her column on the BBC website. Click here for more on that. You will have to scroll down to the subheading "Navratilova." And Martina's efforts in her ladies' doubles match yesterday are discussed in an article from 'The Times.' Click here for the complete article.

July 1, 2000: Martina's diary for Week One at Wimbledon appears in tomorrow's edition of "The Independent." To read her report, click here.

July 1, 2000: Earlier today, Martina participated in the Champions' Parade on Centre Court at Wimbledon to mark the Millennium Championships. Here are two reports on the ceremony from the BBC and The Times. There is a short video recap of the parade on the BBC website. You can watch the clip by clicking here. Here are some photos from the ceremony: Photo One, Photo Two, Photo Three, Photo Four, Photo Five, Photo Six, Photo Seven, BBC Photo Gallery. The first two photos are courtesy of 'AFP,' the next three by the 'Associated Press,' the sixth by 'Reuters' and the seventh from the tournament website.

July 1, 2000: Martina had mixed results on the court today. First, in the ladies' doubles, Martina and Mariaan staged a remarkable recovery to upset the #13 seeds, Kimberly Po and Anne-Gaëlle Sidot 4-6 6-3 7-5. They saved four match points in total along the way, recovering from a 2-5 final set deficit. However, in the mixed doubles, Martina was not as fortunate. The completion of the first round match was scheduled on Centre Court, and it marked Martina's first appearance there since 1996. Unfortunately, Mahesh and she were beaten by Jan Siemerink and Miriam Oremans 6-4 6-7(5-7) 18-16. For an 'Associated Press' article on today's matches, click here. For a brief BBC report on the ladies' doubles match, click here. And click on the following links for photographs from the ladies' doubles match: Photo One, Photo Two. The first is by 'Empics' and the second by 'AFP'.



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