- Associated Press - Monday, January 23, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (AP) - Martina Navratilova never shirked a challenge in her glittering tennis career, and she isn’t shy about giving an opinion either.

At news conference Monday, the winner of 167 singles titles and one of the greatest players of all time addressed issues ranging from Margaret Court’s criticism of same-gender marriage to prize money at Grand Slam tournaments.

Eyebrows were raised when Navratilova’s first match in the legends’ doubles here Sunday was scheduled for Margaret Court Arena. The 55-year-old Navratilova didn’t even consider a boycott. Instead, the longtime advocate for gay rights wore a rainbow-colored patch on her sleeve as she and Nicole Bradtke beat Martina Hingis and Iva Majoli.

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