July 11, 2024

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A Jana Novotna remembrance

Jana Novotna would have turned 50 on Tuesday.

But the 1998 Wimbledon champion didn’t make it. Nor could she celebrate the 20th anniversary of her career victory this past summer.

Novotna passed away last November after a quiet battle with cancer.

Most people around the game didn’t even know she was ill.

To mark the day, Wimbledon posted a touching video of Novotna’s day after in 1998, as well her entrance into the Champions Ball with men’s champion Pete Sampras, and her speech at the ball.

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