sport: tennis

Dorothy “Dodo” Cheney was the first American woman to win an Australian Open singles title in 1938. But that was just the beginning of her long career. She retired from competitive tennis in 2012 – at the age of ninety-five! At the time of her retirement, Dodo had won a record 394 US national titles.

When asked why she had continued to play for over seventy years, Dodo replied, “Because I love winning.”

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“I am happy I was there in person with Rafa himself to open the academy and I had a great time….I hope I get an invitation soon again so I can go there and be inspired by all the juniors, and seeing the academy up and running. I would love to come back, so I’m waiting for the invitation.”

- Roger Federer doing our job and CREATING AN ACTUAL FEDAL FANVID HIMSELF! WTF ROGER! I AM SO DONE WITH YOU [x]

Martina Navratilova (b. 1956) is considered one of the best tennis players of all time. She is the only player in history to have held both the singles and the doubles No. 1 position for over 200 weeks (332 and 237 respectively).

She won 18 Grand Slam titles, 31 women’s doubles titles, and 10 mixed doubles, an open-era record for both male and female players. She has had the longest winning streak in the open era, with 74 consecutive matches, and a winning percentage of 96.8%.