Nine-time Wimbledon winner Navratilova married her longtime girlfriend, model Julia Lemigova, at New York’s Peninsula Hotel on December 15.
Navratilova spoke to the BBC an hour after marrying her wife.
“I’m 58-years-old and I got married for the first time,” she said. “It’s about time, right?”
Navratilova proposed to Lemigova during the U.S. Open in September.
“I was so overwhelmed and completely surprised,” Lemigova said of the proposal. “But I would not expect anything less from Martina.”
Navratilova has been fighting for LGBT equality for 33 years now. She is still the only prominent female pro tennis player to come out, and said she doesn’t even know any gay male pro tennis players.
“I’m surprised more players haven’t come out,” she said. “Particularly no male players. They’re so far in the closet, I don’t even know who they are.”
Navratilova had been dating Lemigova since 2006. Lemigova has two daughters from her previous relationship.
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