Martina Navratilova may be a four-time champion in New York, but her best memory at the event arguably took place in 2014.
The 18-time Grand Slam champion proposed to long-time girlfriend Julia Lemigova during a break in the Tennis Channel broadcast, as she dropped down to one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. The heartwarming moment was also broadcasted on the big screen at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I was very nervous, but it came off, and she said yes, and I was flying high,” Navratilova said. “It was like an out of body experience because you see people propose at sporting events before. You watch it in movies and in real life, and here it was happening to me. It was pretty cool.”
The couple has been together for over six years, according to the WTA.
— TennisChannelPR (@TennisChannelPR) September 6, 2014
Thanks everyone for your good wishes- I am very happy, so is Julia and our whole family:)
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) September 6, 2014