Tuesday, October 20, 2009

"I Had No Life"

FILE - In this  Aug. 28, 2007 file photo, Martina Hingis of Switzerland returns a volley to Mathilde Johansson of France at the US Open tennis tournament in New York.

In this Aug. 28, 2007 file photo, Martina Hingis of Switzerland returns a volley to Mathilde Johansson of France at the US Open tennis tournament in New York.


How time flies.

PARIS — Martina Hingis won't make a comeback to competitive tennis.

The 29-year old Hingis, who retired after getting a two-year ban in 2007 for testing positive for cocaine, said Tuesday in an interview with L'Equipe that she is happy with her new life.

"I've got a nice house, my four horses," Hingis said. "On the tour, I had no life."

Hingis added that even without being tested positive, she likely would have retired.

"If I had won the four Grand Slam tournaments, maybe I would have continued," she said. "But I was on downslope. And I was suspended for two years, and that was it."

Hingis, who spent 209 weeks at No. 1 in the women's rankings and won five Grand Slam singles titles, said she went through hard times during her suspension.

"I didn't have the right to play any competition, even in another Olympic sport," she said. "I didn't have the right to feature in equestrian competition, even at an amateur level. ... I'm not sure I have completely recovered."

Hingis tested positive for cocaine after a third-round exit at Wimbledon in 2007. She denied using the drug.

Hingis said she learned that her suspension was over on Sept. 30 — her birthday — a few days after undergoing a doping test at her home.

"They thought maybe, like you, that I was planning a second comeback," she said.

Hingis quit tennis for the first time in 2002 because of foot and leg injuries. When she returned to the circuit in 2006, Hingis reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals, won two smaller tournaments and finished the year at No. 7.

For so long it seemed she had no life without tennis. Then she came back and discovered she had no life with it.

I'm not sure any of this surprises anyone, but there it is.


Graf_sampras said...

Henin comeback will start in Brisbane

Eurosport - Wed, 21 Oct 07:06:00 2009
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Belgium's former world number one and seven-times Grand Slam winner Justine Henin will make her comeback from retirement at the Brisbane International in January 2010.
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"After a 15-month absence I am pleased to begin my second tennis career at the Brisbane International," Henin said in a statement.

"It will be great to get back to playing competitive tennis again and with the strong field, the same court surface and a similar climate to Melbourne, it will be the perfect preparation leading into the Australian Open," she added.

Brisbane will see Henin, 27, square up against compatriot and fellow ex-retiree Kim Clijsters, who won September's US Open just five weeks after returning from a two-year retirement.

"It will be tremendous to see Justine match up against her former rival and countrywoman Kim Clijsters," said tournament director Steve Ayles.

"With the former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic and Australian Open quarter-finalist Jelena Dokic confirmed, we are looking at an extremely strong women's field," he added.

Henin won a total of 41 WTA Tour titles and held the world No.1 spot for 117 non-consecutive weeks, the ranking she had when she retired on May 14, 2008, citing a succession of injuries and a desire to live a life away from tennis.

Ayles said she would be given one of four wildcard entries into the tournament because she had no current WTA ranking.

Henin will play two exhibition events in Charleroi and Dubai later this year to gain match fitness before her tournament return, he added.


WHO do you like more, or feel more disposed better towards? henin or hingis? and whose "comeback" will have become more successful?...

Matt said...

Henin's comeback will definitely be more successful. She hungers victory much more than Hingis, and somehow manages to claw her way back into almost any match - unless she's completely outplayed a la AO 2008 QF against Sharapova.

2010 will be a VERY interesting year to say the least!