The former tennis player, Martina Navratilova, has seen her native nation, Czechoslovakia, go through different phases. From being under invasion to turning into a democratic country. She did, however, briefly join the crowd that opposed the Soviet Union’s invasion at one point. Years later, the 59-time Grand Slam champion discussed how she vented her annoyance at the invasion at the time.

The former world number one is among the most outspoken athletes on social media. Additionally, she is never afraid to share her opinion on any kind of controversy. And shares her firm beliefs about what she thinks is right for the public.

Martina Navratilova once vented out her frustration toward the Soviet Union


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The 66-year-old tennis legend back in 1990 came on a chat show called, ‘Later on Bob Costas.’ On the show, she recalled an incident when she was only 12 years old about how seeing the situation in her country devastated her. Not only that, but she also revealed that she bluntly scolded the Soviet soldiers while passing by them for causing harm to her nation.

She said, “My father came for me later in the day on a motorcycle. We rode back to my hometown which is about 50 miles away. And saw lots of fun no military vehicles and tanks on the way back. The roads were already torn up that you know the tanks tore up. So, I was pretty depressing. I was yelling at him. You know obscenities in Czech but they didn’t understand.” 


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Not only that, she has always talked about how the terrible warlike situation literally changed everything for the people in Czechoslovakia. Subsequently, even after years, the tennis star has not forgotten any of the hardships she and her family faced at the same time.


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How Navratilova made her way through the invasion 

The former world number one was quite open about the warlike situations, even when she was quite young. However, there was a time she also faced a problem moving forward with her tennis career. This was because of her continuous clashes with the new government at that time.

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SHENZHEN, CHINA – NOVEMBER 03: WTA Legend Ambassador Martina Navratilova attends the trophy presentation ceremony following the Women’s Doubles final match between Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France, Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Day eight of the 2019 WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on November 3, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

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But the tennis legend had the determination to move out of her country to take part in the Grand Slam tournaments and make a name for herself. Nevertheless, even after struggling, she lost her first Grand Slam tournament against Chris Evert in 1975. But with growing time, she created a legacy that many will remember for years to come.