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Martina Navratilova missed out on attending the 100th anniversary of Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19. Photo: AFP

Martina Navratilova misses Wimbledon 100th anniversary after positive Covid-19 test

Martina Navratilova missed out on attending the 100th anniversary of Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19.

Martina Navratilova Wimbledon

Martina Navratilova missed out on attending the 100th anniversary of Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19. Photo: AFP

Tennis legend and nine-time Wimbledon singles champion Martina Navratilova said she is ‘gutted’ to have missed out on attending the 100th anniversary of the tournament’s Centre Court on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19.

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Navratilova, now 65, only tested positive for the virus on Sunday morning ahead of the long-awaited celebrations at lunch time.

The tennis legend tweeted: ‘I am gutted I can’t be there’ ahead of the celebration, which featured a surprise appearance from Sir Cliff Richard and finished with a live performance from British singer Freya Ridings.

Previous Wimbledon singles winners were invited out on court one-by-one in order of how many titles they had won.

Billie Jean King had kind words for Martina Navratilova

As Navratilova was unable to join, the player with the most titles was Roger Federer, who has won the title eight times.

Others who attended the ceremony included Rafael Nadal, Venus Williams, Billie Jean King and Andy Murray.

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Eight-time champion Roger Federer said he hopes to play Wimbledon “one more time” despite being sidelined for a year with a knee injury. Photo: Twitter @Wimbledon

Former three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe and the BBC’s Sue Barker presented the ceremony on court to mark the anniversary – the 30th and final time she will present at SW19, as she leaves Wimbledon coverage for the BBC at the end of this year’s competition.

At the end of the ceremony, McEnroe said to Barker: “On behalf of all the players I just want to say that we’re going to be lost without you.”

The 66-year-old broke down in tears as the audience cheered and gave her a standing ovation.

Billie Jean King gave a special shoutout to Navratilova – who would have been the player with the most wins under her belt – who she helped coach to her nine wins.

Navratilova said King’s ‘kind words’ made her cry, and thanked her for the credit.