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Tennis Legend -- $15,000 Surprise at Charity Auction

11/19/2010 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova just broke every rule in the charity auction handbook ... and it paid off -- TMZ has learned, the ex-athlete raised $15,000 for cystic fibrosis ... by interrupting the entire event.

Martina Navratilova Charity

Sources at the Pam Shriver Silver Tennis Ball -- a charity auction for cystic fibrosis in Maryland -- tell TMZ ... Martina was so moved by Wednesday's event, she stood up in the middle of the proceedings (above) ... grabbed the mic and offered a one-on-one tennis session on the spot in exchange for a $15,000 donation.

It might have been extremely awkward -- but who cares ... we're told someone instantly pledged the money ... and the auction was a resounding success.

Martina -- who runs her own LGBT charity called "The Rainbow Endowment" -- tells us, "I was happy to support Pam at her charity event last night.  In these economically tough times, I know how much every dollar counts."


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1.

Mike    

Very cool!

1330 days ago
2.

JLS    

Very kind and VERY smart. Thank you, Martina. It was just what they needed in these tough times.

1330 days ago
3.

Richard    

Martina is all class.

1330 days ago
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edgar    

Tennis is boring to watch.

1330 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

hats off to her

1330 days ago
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hassa    

Just what is needed in today's environment. Very gracious & generous of Martina. She is all class.

1330 days ago
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Dave4526    

Superb gesture from Martina.

@edgar (No.7)

You're boring to read. Pointless comment. Maybe try playing a sport, at least it would get you off your backside and out of the house, if nothing else.

1330 days ago
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Dave4526    

ohh those wacky lesbos..you never know what they are going to do next.

@MIDNIGHT TOKER

Not as wacky or unpredictable as trolls. Idiot.

1330 days ago
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bigcid    

Please stop letting comments or people trying to sell things on this site. Allow people to comment on the persons or issues that are brought up. Anyway, that was wonderful of Martina to do that. A nice surprise for someone and a great extra $15,000 to Cystic Fibrosis.

1330 days ago
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Dave4526    

ohh another keyboard commando....only troll on here is your mother..if you have nothing nice to say then keep your trap shut retard....im actually funny on here..I have a following that expects me to lighten up their day..
your mama is soo dumb she puts a paper on her tv and calls it paperview
your mama is soo dumb she thinks taco bell is a mexican phone company

Grow up.

1330 days ago
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DANA    

this guy whoever paid for tenis session with 20 yrs retaired player must be dumb as ass

1330 days ago
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Dave4526    

this guy whoever paid for tenis session with 20 yrs retaired player must be dumb as ass

Posted at 6:01 AM on Nov 19, 2010 by DANA

So you'd rather be taught a skill by someone with no experience? The person who paid can also probably spell.

1330 days ago
13.

Moonbeam    

Hey TMZ,
I think calling Martina an "ex-athlete" is a bit unfair; I'm sure she's still an athlete.

1330 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

she is a washed up tennis player..15,000 would buy you a good year of lessons by someone who can actually teach tennis,,there is a difference from being an old tennis player who played like 50 years ago and someone who can teach it.

1330 days ago
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Dave4526    

she is a washed up tennis player..15,000 would buy you a good year of lessons by someone who can actually teach tennis,,there is a difference from being an old tennis player who played like 50 years ago and someone who can teach it.

Who, in your opinion, "can actually teach tennis"? I'm curious.

1330 days ago
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