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Navratilova vs David Dimbleby at the Congress

Martina Navratilova of the U.S. celebrates her victory over Catalina Castano of Colombia in their first round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, June 21, 2004.  Navratilova won 6-0 6-1.  REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid ENGSUS00220120614141924

Martina Navratilova of the U.S. celebrates her victory over Catalina Castano of Colombia in their first round match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, June 21, 2004. Navratilova won 6-0 6-1. REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid ENGSUS00220120614141924

Instead of a panel of politicians David Dimbleby will be lobbing questions at tennis legend Martin Navratilova when they pair up for a fundraising event on June 19 (8pm) during Eastbourne Tennis Week.

Arguably the best tennis player ever to step on the court, Martina has won 59 Grand Slam crowns, a record nine Wimbledon singles champions, and overcame the odds to become one of the most successful tennis players and an equally successful leader.

The event will also help raise funds for The Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, in honour of former British No.1 tennis player Elena Baltacha who died at the age of 30 on May 4 of liver cancer and the Towner, which became an independent Charitable Trust in 2014.

The talk also ties in with the Aegon International, the premiere tennis championship, which takes place in Devonshire Park on June 14-21.

Emma Morris, executive director, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Martina to Eastbourne and who better to explore her fascinating and impressive career than David Dimbleby?

“Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for Towner, where we welcome both tennis fans and art fans into the gallery over two weeks, and this event was a perfect excuse to work more closely with Aegon International and the tennis community.

“I invite you to join us for this special evening to raise funds for Rally for Bally and Towner, and help make a new moment in history, supporting us to continue being an ‘art gallery for the people’.”

Tickets cost £20/£15 Towner members, tennis ticket holders & conc.Booking through www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk.

All proceeds from the event will go to EBAT, The Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis, and Towner Charitable Trust (reg. charity number: 1156762).

 

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