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Martina: Farewell to a Champion (1994)

Definitive biography of arguably the greatest women's tennis player of all time.

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Definitive biography of arguably the greatest women's tennis player of all time.

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10 June 2013 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I remember this being shown on BBC 1 not long after her final ever Wimbledon final in 1994. Being too young in the 70's and early 80's, I got to understand tennis as a spectator sport from about 1985 onwards so saw the final 9 years or so of Martina and there is no doubt she is one of the great characters from the 20th century. Amusing, articulate and someone who overcame extraordinary adversity to become one of the most loved champions in the history of sport, not just tennis. This film does wonderful justice to her and I have seen it several times. particularly fascinating are the pictures from her childhood and of course there are great tributes from her contemporaries. Chris Evert would of course be considered one of the most important people in her life due to their extraordinary rivalry but it's also nice to see Tracy Austin who was a real challenger for a few years. Great film.


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