Martina Navratilova cuts hair short following chemotherapy

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova reveals new ‘f*** cancer’ haircut after gruelling treatment to beat two types of the disease

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Martina Navratilova has admitted she was ‘terrified’ of cutting her hair short following cancer treatment in a new video posted by her wife on social media.

The tennis legend, 66, revealed last month that she’s currently cancer-free after being diagnosed with throat cancer and breast cancer in January. 

In a new post this week to her wife Julia Lemigova’s Instagram account, the couple shared the emotional moment Navratilova had her hair cut short, saying the trip was ‘a reminder of how far we’ve come’.

The video shows the Prague-born tennis star, who won 18 grand slam titles in her illustrious career, getting her blonde, shoulder length hair cut into an elfin crop – dubbed the ‘F*** cancer haircut’. 

When Lemigova, 44, asked her wife how she was feeling about the bold new look, saying: ‘Marti, are you scared?’ Navratilova replied: ‘Terrified…but nothing ventured, nothing gained.’

Tennis star Martina pictured having her ‘F*** cancer’ haircut in a video posted by her wife Julia Lemigova, in the background, at the weekend

Lemigova, who’s been married to the player turned commentator since their Palm Beach wedding in 2015, wrote: ‘My wife Martina, just beat two cancers at the same time, and I couldn’t be more proud of her strength and determination. Her courage and grace inspire me every day.

‘Today, we are taking her to get a haircut, and it may seem like a small, simple thing, but it is a reminder of how far we have come. It is a symbol of hope and a celebration of life. We are grateful for each and every moment, and we know that we are stronger together than we could ever be alone.’

After the trim, the tennis icon said she was ‘loving’ her new haircut. 

In late June, ahead of Wimbledon where she worked as a commentator, she announced on Twitter after what she said was a full day of tests at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City that she was finally free of the disease.

The nine times Wimbledon champion turned broadcaster said she was ‘terrified’ of having her hair cut short

The couple pictured at Wimbledon earlier this month, Martina declared she’s now cancer free in June after being diagnosed with two types of the disease in January 

Navratilova wrote: ‘Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, proton and radiation magicians etc – what a relief.’

She had been diagnosed with a non-invasive form of breast cancer in 2010 and had a lumpectomy.

The 18-time Grand Slam singles champion had noticed an enlarged lymph node in her neck in November and a biopsy revealed the early stage throat cancer.

But Navratilova felt well enough to return to her TV work with the Tennis Channel by the Miami Open in March.

She spoke at the Italian Open back in May about her battle with the disease as she accepted the ‘Racchetta d’Oro’ (Golden Racket) award for her contributions to the sport.

Navratilova, pictured with her wife Julia Lemigova, at a Netflix premiere in New York City in 2019 – the couple wed in Palm Beach in 2015

‘I’ve gone through a very difficult year but now I’m OK,’ Navratilova said at the time.

The 66-year-old said in January that her prognosis was good after noticing an enlarged lymph node in her neck at the WTA Finals in Texas last November.

A biopsy showed results of early stage throat cancer.

While Navratilova was undergoing tests on her throat, she said, the unrelated, early stage breast cancer was discovered.

In May, Navratilova said that she was doing ‘OK’ during a ceremony at the Italian Open

Navratilova returned to her work as a TV analyst at Tennis Channel in March, when in an interview with TalkTV’s Piers Morgan, she said she was told by doctors that, ‘as far as they know, I’m cancer-free,’ and she should be ‘good to go’ after some additional radiation treatment.

She won 59 Grand Slam titles overall, including 31 in women’s doubles and 10 in mixed doubles.

The last was a mixed doubles championship with Bob Bryan at the 2006 US Open, a month shy of her 50th birthday.

Navratilova originally retired in 1994, after a record 167 singles titles and 331 weeks at No. 1 in the WTA rankings.

She returned to the tour to play doubles in 2000 and occasionally competed in singles, too.

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