Navratilova 'Defects' Again From 'Worse' Bush Regime

Tennis champ regains her Czech citizenship
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2008 6:53 AM CDT
Navratilova 'Defects' Again From 'Worse' Bush Regime
Martina Navratilova of the United States returns a shot to Jana Novotna of the Czech Republic during their match at the US Open tennis tournament in New York. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Thirty years after defecting to the US, at the height of the Cold War, tennis ace Martina Navratilova has regained her Czech citizenship, the Independent reports. The racket star became a US citizen in 1981. She plans to retain her US citizenship as well but she had some harsh criticism for her adopted homeland's current administration,  comparing it unfavorably to the Communist regime she fled.

"The thing is that we elected Bush," she told a Czech newspaper. "That is worse. Against that, nobody chose a Communist government in Czechoslovakia." She once told a German newspaper that she "exchanged one system that suppresses free opinion for another—it's depressing." Navratilova, who retired for the second time in 2006 after winning in mixed doubles at the US Open, now plans to open a tennis academy for young players in the Czech Republic. (Read more Martina Navratilova stories.)

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