Navratilova joining Agassi in retirement

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

On the verge of her second retirement, Martina Navratilova sounds as though she feels overshadowed by Andre Agassi's impending exit.

Navratilova joining Agassi in retirement

New York:

On the verge of her second retirement, Martina Navratilova sounds as though she feels overshadowed by Andre Agassi's impending exit.Asked on Saturday if she's going through the emotional turmoil Agassi's discussed at length at the US Open, Navratilova responded: "Oh, I am going through all of that. It's just that the whole world doesn't know it."Navratilova, who turns 50 in October, left the sport in 1994 after winning 167 singles titles, but then returned for doubles in 2000. In the past six years, she's won 12 doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles.At the US Open, she's playing mixed doubles with Bob Bryan, and women's doubles with Nadia Petrova.Although she's ready to stop playing competitively again, Navratilova is not anticipating life in an easy chair anytime soon. In addition to promoting her book and a credit card that raises money for the gay and lesbian community, she's thinking about starting a small-scale tennis academy."I'll keep pretty busy. It's not exactly putting my feet up. So like Billie Jean (King) says, I might just be getting started," Navratilova said on Saturday, when the entire US Open schedule was wiped out by rain. "A lot of people are after me to go into politics, because I've been certainly speaking my mind for the last 20 years on that."Never shy about expressing her opinions, Navratilova weighed in on a few tennis issues on Saturday. She thinks, for example, that today's game is being hurt by advanced racket technology that makes it easier for players to play power tennis from the baseline instead of a serve-and-volley style."I am disappointed with the direction the game is going, period, not just in doubles but in singles. I'm disappointed that the racket manufacturers are dictating what kind of tennis we're watching," she said. "The rackets are just so forgiving, it makes it very easy to hit great shots." (AP)



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