Martina Navratilova, the legendary tennis player who has retired from the game a long time ago, is likely to be the biggest surprise on 25th November in Kolkata. The Masters Tennis championship which is going to be organized by former Davis Cupper Jaydeep Mukherjee, will see a rare doubles match between the pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza on one side and Leander Paes and Martina Navratilova on the other side. Although Navratilova’s joining the festival is has not yet been confirmed, the 58-year old tennis legend has verbally expressed desire to take part in the friendly doubles match.

It has been learned from a reliable source that the papers required for the visa of Navratilova have already been sent to her a couple of days ago. Initially, the organizers had planned to rope in Hantuchova who would be joining Leander in the friendly doubles match. But it is also believed that Leander himself has taken the initiative to bring in Navratilova. Leander has already two rare prizes with Navratilova, winning Wimbledon and US Open doubles. And Navratilova also revealed once that Leander has been one of her favorites in the tennis circuit, both as a doubles player and human being.

More interesting point is that now, for last couple of years, the famous rivalry, even off the courts between Mahesh Bhupati and Leander is no more. Naturally, Leander has also extended support according to his full capacity to the Masters Tennis championship which is an event under the observation of Mahesh Bhupathi’s company.

So far the plans have been chalked out state chief minister Mamata Bannerjee will be inaugurating the Masters Championship on 25th November at Netaji Indoor Stadium. After the inaugural function, the doubles match is scheduled to commence. Navratilova, even in spite of reaching 58 years, still practices once or twice a week to keep her fit.


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