Martina Navratilova, who has won Wimbledon a record nine times, isn’t at the special event being held at The All England Club because she tested positive for COVID-19. With nine victories at Wimbledon, Navratilova, a former 18-time Grand Slam champion, had the most success there.
A commemorative ceremony for the Centre Court’s 100th birthday will be held on Sunday. Federer, who has won Wimbledon eight times in a row for men, arrived at The All England Club for the important ceremony.
Sadly, Navratilova, who was also scheduled to attend the event, tested positive for COVID-19. “Due to a positive Covid-19 test, Martina Navratilova, the greatest Wimbledon singles champion in history, will sadly not be participating in today’s parade of champions on Centre Court.
She is this week’s most prominent person to contract the virus “The Times’ Stuart Fraser has reported.
Martina Navratilova, the greatest Wimbledon singles champion in history, will sadly be absent from the parade of champions on Centre Court today after testing positive for Covid-19. She is the latest high-profile figure to contract the virus this week. https://t.co/XCYSTGa81B— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) July 3, 2022
Martina Navratilova defended Wimbledon
There was concern that top players might decide to skip this year’s Wimbledon after the ATP and WTA decided to deduct points from the competition.
Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was the first well-known athlete to admit she was considering skipping Wimbledon after ranking points were eliminated. When questioned about Osaka’s remarks, Navratilova responded that she would like to speak with the Japanese player and share with her the history of Wimbledon.
“It’s kind of nice if you can turn down a $2 million payday. Since most people cannot afford it, “a month ago, Navratilova stated. I simply cannot comprehend her mentality. I want to talk to her about Wimbledon’s past while we are sitting down.
If the ranking points hadn’t been deducted, Osaka would not have even considered opting out of the match.” Osaka did indeed miss Wimbledon, but her two-month-old Achilles injury served as the official justification for her absence.