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It's a personal Grand Slam for former tennis pro Martina Navratilova! The athlete, who has won countless matches and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000, is now a married woman. According to People, Navratilova wed her longtime partner Julia Lemigova in New York City on Monday.
The pair began dating in 2006 and Navratilova fittingly popped the question during the U.S. Open last September, which was broadcast over the Jumbotron at Athur Ashe Stadium. "Originally it wasn't the idea to do it at the U.S. Open, on the Jumbotron and al that, but then it was, 'Why not? I've seen it in the movies!'" Navratilova said. "And it all came off, everything worked out perfectly!"
Everything, indeed! On Monday the pair exchanged vows at the Peninsula Hotel and while it was certainly a joyous occasion, according to Us Weekly, Navratilova admitted she felt "terrified and relieved" immediately following the ceremony. "It's just really odd," she said. "I'm 58 years old and I got married for the first time. It's about time, right?"
She went on to say that she wondered if marriage was ever in the cards for her. "Growing up as a gay woman you just don't think about that, but then about 10 years ago I thought, 'In about 10 years, gay marriage will be legal' and here we are," Navratilova said.
As for Lemigova, she said she feels hopeful that their very public proposal and marriage will inspire other couples to head towards the altar, too. "I was so overwhelmed and surprised," she said. "But by proposing and marrying in such a public way I hope we'll give inspiration to families like ours, that they too can married legally one day."