“Thanks everyone for your good wishes- I got a grand total of two (2) nasty tweets and thousand + great ones. Amazing, really:)”
This was a tweet from Martina Navratilova after her engagement to her girlfriend, Julie Lemigova, at the US Open in New York City last Saturday, more than 25 years after winning the US Open title. This time, her actions were captured on the big screen, cheered by the crowd, and congratulated by supporters from all over the world after the Tennis Channel tweeted it.
Piers Morgan was among those wellwishers. He tweeted: “..so happy for you both! Congratulations”.
Navratilova has been with her girlfriend since 2008, yet was nervous prior to popping the question. Between the men’s semifinals at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, she got down on one knee and asked Lemigova to marry her. She said afterwards:
“I was very nervous… It was kind of an out-of-body experience. You’ve seen people propose at sporting events before, in movies, in real life. Here it was happening to me. It was like I was watching myself do it.”
Lemigova, who has two daughters and lives with the tennis champ in Miami said: “We are very happy together and Martina has made our family complete”