She was also a Tennis Channel commentator during the menâ€™s final at the French Open in early June when opponents of Franceâ€™s same-sex marriage law interrupted the match between Spanish tennis players Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer. Navratilova said the shirtless protester who ran onto the court with a flare in his hand near Nadal reminded her of the man who stabbed Monica Seles during a German tennis match in 1993.
â€œYouâ€™re like holy shit, youâ€™re still not safe on the tennis court,â€ she said. â€œOn top of that, itâ€™s these asshole protesters who have nothing better to do but complain about gay people having the same rights as they do.â€
Navratilova also recalled seeing some of the more than 100,000 people who marched against Franceâ€™s same-sex marriage law in Paris on May 26 â€” three days before the first gay couple legally tied the knot in the country. Opponents of nuptials for same-sex couples also gathered along portions of the Tour de France route last month to protest the statute.
â€œI couldnâ€™t believe the masses of people who were out protesting against something that doesnâ€™t affect them in any way,â€ Navratilova said, referring to the May 26 march in the French capital. â€œTo really see real people that are so emotionally invested in denying you equality is really disconcerting.â€
â€”Â Martina Navratilova: Coming â€˜full circleâ€™, The Washington Blade.