“We started with 25 cows and now we have 28,” she said about the livestock on the ranch she owns out near Old Miakka. “We are going to have to do something about that bull next door.”
Don’t worry. Martina has not gone completely Green Acres on us since her retirement from the game at the end of this past U.S. Open. The ranch is just one of many projects she has on her plate.
There is no time for the rocking chair for the woman who rocked the game with her serve-and-volley style and still seems to be on the run from daybreak to days end eight days a week.
This past weekend she slowed down enough to take part in a charity event that launched the “Do The Thing” campaign, a drive held in conjunction with Metropolitan Community Churches to provide support for children with HIV and Aids in Zimbabwe. Navatrilova spoke at a dinner reception and gave a clinic.
She has been busy promoting her fitness book called “Shape Your Self.” She is planning a series of exhibition matches with Monica Seles, who also lives in Sarasota. She might have some interest in coaching and definitely has plans to spend some time in the broadcast booth, starting with the French Open in May and continuing through Wimbledon.
She has traveled more since her retirement in September than she did while she was playing. She is still trying to find time to spend at her home on Casey Key and to check on the cows she saved by buying the ranch.
Navratilova learned that the cows were being raised to be slaughtered and asked if she could buy them. She was told the only way they could be bought was if she bought the ranch.
“Most expensive cows I ever bought,” she said. Herald Tribune