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Tennis Great Martina Navratilova Proposed To Her Girlfriend At The U.S. Open

"She said yes. It was kind of an out-of-body experience." Psh, and they say "love" means nothing to tennis players.

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Tennis legend Martina Navratilova popped the question to her longtime girlfriend Julia Lemigova in front a packed U.S. Open crowd over the weekend.

Mike Segar / Reuters

Navratilova has been dating Lemigova, a businesswoman and former Russian beauty queen, since 2006.

The nine-time Wimbledon champ interrupted an interview to get down on one knee, with a standing ovation from the crowd, after Kei Nishikori's stunning upset of Novak Djokovic in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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"I have been waiting for the right time to ask Julia to marry me," Navratilova said over stadium's big screen. "I thought this was the right place and the right time to pop the question and thankfully I got a 'yes'."

Afterwords, the tennis icon told the Associated Press:

"I was very nervous. It came off. She said yes. It was kind of an out-of-body experience. You've seen people propose at sporting events before, in movies, in real life. Here it was happening to me. It was like I was watching myself do it."

She also mentioned she would love to get married in Florida, where the couple currently reside. Florida officials are currently appealing the recent rulings that declared same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Waiting for our doubles match...CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement to Julia!! @Martina ❤️⭕️❌

Tracy Austin@thetracyaustin

Waiting for our doubles match...CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement to Julia!! @Martina ❤️🎉👏⭕️❌

3:47 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Navratilova was quick to thank everyone for the well wishes:

Thanks everyone for your good wishes- I am very happy, so is Julia and our whole family:)

Martina Navratilova@Martina

Thanks everyone for your good wishes- I am very happy, so is Julia and our whole family:)

4:00 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Martina Navratilova has just proposed to her girlfriend via the big screen on the Arthur Ashe stadium .. and Julia Lemigova said YES!!

Russell Fuller@russellcfuller

Martina Navratilova has just proposed to her girlfriend via the big screen on the Arthur Ashe stadium .. and Julia Lemigova said YES!!

3:16 PM - 06 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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