Martina Navratilova wants to play in the singles at Eastbourne in June.

Navratilova, 47, last played singles at Devonshire Park in 2002 when she reached the last 16.

Now she wants another crack at the title she has won 11 times during an illustrious career.

She said: "There is a chance I'll be at Eastbourne if I'm healthy. I'm not looking for a comeback in the singles Most players play doubles to help improve their singles. But I want to play singles to help my doubles."

The nine-times Wimbledon champion would need to apply for a wild card and is likely to get one because of her drawing power.

But there is no chance she will play in the singles at Wimbledon.

Her last appearance in the singles at the All England Championships was in the 1994 final when she lost to Conchita Martinez of Spain.

She said: "A lot of people are pushing me to play singles at Wimbledon but I don't think I will.

"I would if the media didn't make such a big deal about it. All the fuss would detract from my doubles and mixed doubles which is what I will be there for."

Navratilova was knocked out in the first round of the doubles at the Hastings Direct International Championships last year with Australian Alicia Molik. She went on to win the Wimbledon mixed doubles with Leander Paes.

Navratilova did admit she had been ready to play singles in Miami last week but said: "The demands on my time were too large, mainly due to sponsors, so I refused a wild card."