‘Made Me Sick to My Stomach’- Martina Navratilova Goes Back to Her Dangerous Ways of Coping with a Biological Reality

Published 12/05/2023, 4:35 AM EST

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Former world’s number-one tennis legend, Martina Navratilova is never afraid of speaking what her heart says. This legendary tennis star, who recently cheered up fans by winning from her cancer, spoke about the biological reality for non-binary players.  Now Navratilova’s fans know well that after her retirement in 2006, this tennis star invested herself completely in women’s rights and homosexual rights.

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Recently Navratilova also dropped bold statements regarding WTA’s decision to host tournament finals in Saudi Arabia, where women have fewer rights and homosexuality is a sin. Now again this legendary tennis player surprised the tennis fraternity with her bold remarks about biological realities for non-binary players.

Navratilova expressed her viewpoints on transgender female athlete’s benefits

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In a recent podcast, Navratilova opened up about her homosexuality and her biological reality impacting her professional tennis career. Navratilova said- “Being gay doesn’t give me an advantage on the tennis court. There’s no advantage. I’m a biological female. And let me tell you something, I lost many matches because I got my period. And I got it every single month, every 28 days, there I go for one or two days, I was absolutely out of it. And at one point, I was trying to take birth control pills. So that I would know when my period would come so that it wouldn’t get in the way of playing Wimbledon or the US Open. But then it made me sick to my stomach. So I stopped. That lasted about, I don’t know, a month, and I had to stop. So you know, I had no advantage.” 

Navratilova’s comment is a reference to the criticism she earlier faced due to her remarks on transgender athletes. Many critics and tennis players bashed her for being insensitive towards non-binary tennis players. Now Navratilova who herself came out as gay in 1991 revealed this to make her fans understand that she couldn’t overcome her female biological reality despite being an openly gay person. She actually meant to raise the issues of binary female tennis players since tennis requires a lot of physical strength.

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Despite facing criticism, Navratilova’s fight for women’s rights will continue. She also dropped some bombs against WTA’s decision to consider Saudi Arabia for tournaments ignoring the country’s rigid rules.

Navratilova wanted more of Saudi Arabia’s integrity to change perspectives before hosting WTA finals

Martina Navratilova also caught many spotlights after her bold remark against Saudi Arabia’s regressive policy against women and homosexuals. Now that the country tripled the prize money, WTA is reconsidering its decision. But Navratilova didn’t seem very hopeful since she wanted proof of change among Saudia Arabian authorities. Navratilova mentioned that it is important since players do not get much say on foreign soils.

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Despite criticisms, Martina Navratilova never fails to surprise her fans with straightforward remarks. Being the legend she is, she surely knows something best for the future of the WTA players. The way she is defending all odds to remain bold as ever, Martina Navratilova is surely a stalwart among many.

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Upasana Banerjee

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