Famous Czech tennis player, winner of Wimbledon 1998 Jan Novotny died at the age of 49 from cancer. It is reported bi-Bi-si with reference to the Women’s tennis Association (WTA).
Novotny lost in the finals of Wimbledon in 1993 and 1997, but in 1998 won the final match of the tournament, Frenchwoman Natalie Tosia.
“Jan was an inspiration to all who knew her, both at court and beyond. Her star will always Shine brightly in the history of WTA. Our condolences and our thoughts are with the family of Jana,” said the head of the WTA Steve Simon. Athlete died in the circle of his family, according to the Association.
During his career, Nowotny was also a twelve-time winner of Grand slam tournaments in women’s doubles and four-time winner of Grand slam tournaments in mixed doubles.
In 2005 her name was included into the international tennis hall of fame.
In 1993, Nowotny broke into tears after the unexpected defeat against German tennis player Steffi Graf in the Wimbledon final, and it soothed the Duchess of Kent, which, according to the athlete, told her: “You’ll do it.”
After five years, Novotny has finally won the coveted trophy and became the oldest tennis player, who won it for the first time: at that time she was 29 years and nine months.