On this Day: May 23

Martina Navratilova and Ayrton Senna star in our feature on remarkable sporting events that created history on May 23.

2000 – Martina makes a comeback

18-time grand slam winner Navratilova retired from the sport in 1994, having almost nothing more left to achieve.

But at 43-years of age, the Czech decided to make a comeback. It proved to be a good decision, as she would add three more mixed doubles Grand Slam titles to her name, with her last coming in 2006 at the US Open, just over a month away from her 50th birthday.

1993 – Ayrton unstoppable in Monaco

On this day in 1993, Senna would cruise to his sixth Monaco Grand Prix victory, beating second place Damon Hill by over 50 seconds.

The Brazilian had qualified in third place on the tight street circuit, but managed to take advantage of Michael Schumacher’s hydraulic problem which eventually forced him to retire.

Senna was simply sublime around the streets of the French City in his short career, notching up a record six victories around the track, a record which still stands today.

Sporting Birthdays:

1862: William ‘Dummy’ Hoy, baseball player
1879: Dezso Lauber, Hungarian sportsman
1888: Zack Wheat, American baseball player