Report: Hingis May Not Consider Comeback

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Postby chantoir » Tue Jan 21, 2003 11:43 pm

Martina Hingis (news) might never play another competitive tennis match because of foot injuries.


The former No. 1-ranked player and owner of five Grand Slam tournament titles had surgery on her right ankle in October 2001 and on her left ankle in May.


"It is quite possible that that I will never play top-level tennis again, because my feet don't allow it," the 22-year-old Hingis told the Swiss news agency Sport Information in an interview published Wednesday.


After the second operation, Hingis pulled out of the French Open (news - web sites) and Wimbledon (news - web sites) — the first majors she missed since turning pro in 1994. She returned to the tour in August, then went back to rehab in October.


"I am not even thinking of a comeback," she said.


However, Hingis' management company, Octagon, said a retirement announcement wasn't immediately pending.


"I definitely wouldn't call it an official retirement at this stage, but she's definitely not saying as to when she's going to be coming back," Lisa Chaffey, an Octagon representative in Australia, told The Associated Press. "How long she takes off really is up in the air."


Top-ranked Serena Williams (news - web sites) said she was "not 100 percent sure" Hingis would retire. But she added that Hingis wasn't too young to call it quits.


"She's had a great career, she's won many slams, she'd done so well at such a young age. I don't think she could have any regrets in her career," said Williams, who is 21. "Whatever she does, I think it will be a good decision — as long as she's happy with it."


Hingis has been playing recreational tennis the past two months. But when she practices more seriously, she said, pain spreads through her feet and ankles.


"Tennis was and remains my passion. But I've also grasped that after eight years on the tour, I will only return if I can practice without pain," Hingis said in the interview. "Competition is no fun if you can't come in perfectly prepared."


Hingis was just 16 years, three months old when she won the first of her three Australian Open (news - web sites) titles in 1997, making her the youngest Grand Slam singles champion of the 20th century.


She made six straight finals at the Australian Open, winning the first three and losing the last three. She also won the 1997 Wimbledon and U.S. Open (news - web sites) titles, and lost the French Open final that year to Iva Majoli.


Hingis spent a total of 209 weeks at No. 1 in the WTA Tour rankings, but she has slipped to 11th after being sidelined 10 of the last 16 months.


Hingis has been tuning in to the Australian Open on television this week and said, "It was fun watching the others run around in the heat."


She said WTA Tour needs to realize that the crowded schedule is endangering the health of the sport's stars.


"If a player is at the top and always plays until the end of the tournaments, she's sacrificing her health to the tour quite quickly," Hingis said.


Hingis was born in Kosice, in what is now Slovakia, and later became a Swiss citizen.

She has won 40 singles titles and 36 doubles titles, including nine at Grand Slam tournaments, and has earned more than $18 million.

In 2001, Hingis filed a $40 million lawsuit against Italian sportswear manufacturer Sergio Tacchini, with whom she had a five-year sponsorship deal, saying her shoes were defective. Sergio Tacchini said the claims were made only so Hingis could avoid paying damages for breaching her contract with the company.

The New York State Supreme Court dismissed the suit in September because there is similar litigation pending in Milan, Italy.

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Postby Kick-a$$ » Wed Jan 22, 2003 1:50 am

Hingis has always been one of my most loved tennis players...it will be sad if she does leave tennis circut, shes definately not too young to retire but it woul dbe sad coz she honestly has about another 5 or more years on the circut. Look at Nicole Prat, Moica Seles they are vetrins of the tour and they are still goin well....

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Postby chantoir » Thu Jan 23, 2003 2:29 am

she's one of my favorites!! i hope she comes back soon and gain back the no. 1 ranking... :headbanger:

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Postby Kick-a$$ » Thu Jan 23, 2003 6:48 am

Martina may not be able to play again as you reported we all hope she does come back, but I wouldnt mind seeing her like compete for number 1 again but when she was at the top she held it too long and we too dominate, I would like to see Kim Clijsters gain number one which I think at the end of the year Kim will be number 3 or higher (2 or even 1) shes player better than ever and the Aussie open proves it but going down to Serena, oh well so far Kim has had 9 wins and 1 loss keep it up!!!

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Postby chantoir » Fri Jan 24, 2003 1:21 pm

there's this player that i like. the one with the long hair and who likes like a man...natalia? natalie? francesco? ahh, i forgot the name! but she's good, too. :)

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Postby chantoir » Fri Jan 24, 2003 1:23 pm

oh i remember...amelie mauresmo i think. how's she doing now? the last time i watched her game was when martina was still actively playing tennis. :)

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Postby laura l » Fri Jan 24, 2003 1:49 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: lmao@ "Francesco"......I can't stand Hingis, her arrogance puts me off and the homiphobic comments at Mauresmo didn't help.......don't like Mauresmo either. I love Juan Carlos Ferrero, I think he's a great player, that other Aussie player Lewitt is quite good too me thinks.

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Postby chantoir » Sat Jan 25, 2003 12:19 am

:lol: :lol: lol lamya, matt and i are talking about female tennis players...then you mentioned your favorites. but they are males!! hmm, pretty pre-occupied with boys pal??!!

or maybe you just don't like all the female players??!!

lewitt?? oh you mean, lleyton hewitt?? :)

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Postby Kick-a$$ » Wed Jan 07, 2004 9:41 pm

Its been reported that Hingis has started commentating on a few tournaments instead of actually playing in them, although she has played in a few small minor tournaments. It has not yet been said wether or not she has retired officially. We might yet see her come back, but I doubt it highly it has been to long.


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