Roger Federer and Rafael Nada: Martina Navratilova has admitted to jealousy
Federer and Nadal remain the best two male tennis players in the game with a huge 36 Grand Slam titles between them.
Both men have scaled new heights over the past year with the duo sharing all four Slams between them in 2017.
Federer got his 2018 campaign off to a flier when he won the Australian Open last month and Nadal is expected to win the French Open when the Roland Garros showpiece kicks off in May.
And Navratilova has admitted she is jealous of Federer and Nadal – and believes she would have received more praise during her playing days had she not come out as a lesbian.
“I always had a yearning to be accepted and loved, and I didn't get it for many, many years," Navratilova told Billionaire.
"To this day I must say I am jealous of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who are always the home team when they are playing.
Sun, October 15, 2017
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“For much of my career I didn't have that. Even playing in the finals of the US Open in 1985, the home crowd was going nuts for Hana Mandlíková to win that match. It killed me.
"It was difficult times. I'm pretty sure that if I had been straight, the reception would have been quite different back then.
“But at the end of my career everyone loved me and now I am a hero. That's just how it goes."
Despite Federer and Nadal having 36 Grand Slams between them, Navratilova’s greatness is off the scale.
The 61-year-old scooped a staggering 59 Grand Slam titles throughout his career, spanning women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed double competitions.
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Speaking last year, Navratilova expressed a belief that her decision to come out helped her career.
“I really couldn't come out until I got my US citizenship because it was a disqualifier at the time,” she said.
“It was 1981 when I came out and really, I was the only one that came out at the height, when I started winning.
“Maybe some of it was because I felt free, I didn't have to pretend, or not say, or speak about who I was.
“Maybe that's when I became a better tennis player, the freedom that comes with that.”
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