Navratilova plans full schedule with Slams
Even as she approaches her 50th birthday and recovers from knee surgery, Martina plans to play a full schedule of doubles tournaments in 2006.india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 15:25 IST
Even as she approaches her 50th birthday and recovers from knee surgery, Martina Navratilova plans to play a full schedule of doubles tournaments in 2006, including the Grand Slams, and might take another stab at singles.
"I just feel like I'm not quite done yet," Navratilova said on Wednesday.
"When I feel like I'm done, then I'm done. And I don't know when that will happen."
In a sense, she's finally being honest with herself and her fans, after having repeatedly made "This time I really mean it" declarations about when she would hang up her racket. But farewell tour followed farewell tour.
Navratilova originally retired in 1994, with a record 167 singles titles and having spent 331 weeks ranked No. 1. She returned to the tour as a doubles player in 2000, and eventually couldn't resist dabbling in singles, including a first-round victory at Wimbledon in 2004.
Nowadays, she won't make any predictions about how much longer she'll play or whether she'll again give singles a try against players half her age or younger.
"We'll see how the body's going. ... I might get on the grass again," she said when asked about playing singles.
"Right now, that's so far away, I'm not worried about it or thinking about it.