Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Birthday Girl: Martina Hingis

Today is a big day for 5-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis. Not only is she celebrating her 29th birthday, but today is also her last day of her unfairly doled out two-year drug suspension.

Funny thing actually since it was Martina Hingis who actually got me interested in tennis. No joke. I fell in love with her uncanny court sense and penchant for thinking about every shot rather than power the ball down the line. It's fitting that when she left the game in 2003, a new Swiss tennis player took over the tennis landscape and my tennis obsessed heart.

Hingis came back to the game briefly for about a year and a half reaching all the way to #7 in the rankings. Her comeback ended early when she was beset with injuries in the end of the 2007 and her confession that she tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon. Instead of finding the ruling, she left the game.

CLICK HERE to read Sport Illustrated's tennis editor Jon Wertheim interview Martina Hingis talking about her retirement, her feelings about the suspension, and what she thinks about the future.

So while she doesn't see another competitive comeback in her future, I do hope she keeps connected to the tennis world. Lord knows the uninspired women's game would only benefit from her presence.

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