During Martina Navratilova’s  heyday in the 1980s, the world did not have much appetite for an outspoken, openly gay woman.  Photograph: Pete Kiehart/New York Times

Martina Navratilova is sitting at a dockside restaurant in Florida, wearing worn-out jeans, a denim button-down shirt that hangs loosely at her waist (...)

Tom Brady has helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the NFC Championship game in his first year at the franchise. Photograph:  Patrick Smith/Getty Images

They are expecting snow showers and bitterly cold playing conditions of minus two in Green Bay, Wisconsin on Sunday evening. Lambeau Field is one of t(...)

Martina Navratilova discusses her glittering tennis career, being a gay role model, the ‘rigged’ US election, and how she wishes she had Twitter wh(...)

Rachael Blackmore on Honeysuckle celebrates winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“As the saying goes, ‘we’ve come a long way, baby – but we still have a long way to go,’” said Martina Navratilova when she joined a stellar list of o(...)

Robin Soderling of Sweden salutes the fans after beating Rafael Nadal at the French Open in 2009. Photo: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Martina Navratilova, commentating for television at the time, described it “as one of the greatest upsets in Grand Slam history,” as she struggled to (...)

 An aerial photograph  shows a general view of The All England Lawn Tennis Club  on the fourth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph: Thomas Lovelock/AFP via Getty Images

They say Wimbledon is timeless. Yet, each year as you pass through the gates on Church Road and sweep up past the bronze statue of Fred Perry it has c(...)

Monica Seles celebrates her maiden Grand Slam victory - the 1990 French Open. Photograph: Getty

Shortly before his death in 1990, the tennis fashion designer, historian and author Ted Tinling, whose immersion in the women’s game began as Suzanne (...)

Martina Navratilova in action at Wimbledon in 1990. File photograph: Getty Images

Hana Mandlikova was an enthusiastic member of the Sparta tennis club in Prague at 12-years-old. She acted as ball girl when the ladies played league m(...)

Chris Evert celebrates after winning the Wimbledon title in 1981. Photograph: Steve Powell/Allsport

The 1971 US Open was the first time the world glimpsed the power of Christine Marie Evert. She was 16, a prodigy who struck her backhand with two hand(...)

British health secretary Matt Hancock lost his temper at a BBC radio interviewer asking about the government’s handling of the crisis. Photograph: Pippa Fowles/EPA

I had never heard of Heather Wheeler before this month and it is possible I never will again. But I think I will always treasure my first sight of the(...)

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