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Tracy Austin's two cents on Hingis' return (if anybody gives a damn, that is)

Tracy Austin on Hingis return


By Tracy Austin
BBC Sport tennis pundit and former world number one






It's wonderful news for women's tennis that Martina Hingis wants to make a full return to the circuit next year.

A star with as much charisma and style as her can only be good for the sport.


The biggest question is will her game stand up to the power play that dominates the women's game




Martina wants to come back and play and, of course, there will be critics who will try and knock her down. But I would urge people to be supportive.

She was a wonderful champion and has nothing to prove. She is not coming back for money or to make her place in tennis history - she's already done that.

Martina is coming back because she still wants to compete - that urge to get out and compete on the court is not out of her system yet.

Physically, and in terms of her ankle injury, I think she will be fine.

And technically, she will have no problems at all. She can volley extremely well, has great anticipation and there is so much flair to her game.

She is also a great strategist, who moves the ball around and out-manoeuvres her opponents.

But the big question is whether her game can stand up to the power play that dominates the women's tour.

When Martina dominated, it was a very different game. Now, the top players are either hitting aces every game or big, unreturnable serves.

She just doesn't have that in her repertoire, so it will be interesting to see how her style of play matches up to that of Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova.

Yet I still think this is a very good time for her to come out of retirement.

No-one is dominating the women's game right now. Henin-Hardenne, Clijsters and the Williams sisters have had injuries and Lindsay Davenport has not made any tournament commitments beyond March.

Because there are no strong figures at the top Martina might just see an opportunity.

Austin was just 19 when she won her second US Open in 1981



Like Martina, I was successful as a teenager, but at the age of 21 got injured and was unable to play again until I was 25.

Then I was involved in a car accident that took me out for another couple of years before I officially retired in 1994.

I can understand an athlete wanting to hang up their sport and stop when they just don't feel like playing any more.

Bjorn Bjorg retired when he was just 25 and Gabriela Sabatini when she was 26. But Martina still feels she has the competitive juices flowing and wants to take on that challenge. As an athlete I think she's doing the right thing. Before you retire for good you have to feel you've really finished.


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i love how she always talks about her career in her column LOL.
anyway i think it's a bit too early for Martina to be seeing opportunities at the top Tracy only a fool would expect her to walk straight back into the top 10.
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Its great news to hear that Martina is coming back full-time. What impact she will make will largely depend on her physical fitness and her ability to grind-it-out with the top ten.
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at least it's positive article

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Tracy and Martina's careers are kind of scarily similar... but please. I will not buy that Martina is coming back ONLY for her urge to compete; she wants to win. As much as she loves tennis, Martina would not be coming back unless she thought that she could become a force in tennis once again.

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A very good article by Tracy Austin. Have always liked her commentaries for the BBC and feels that she knows a lot about tennis.

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people really dislike Tracey Austin on this board.
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nice one Tracy-she is a star as always.
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Whenever tracy is commentating my mum says "God, its that annoying american woman again"

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Whenever tracy is commentating my mum says "God, its that annoying american woman again"
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I love Tracy's personal tribute to herself!

Martina Hingis 4ever!!!

Now and forever, I'll remember.
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people really dislike Tracey Austin on this board.
Why do they dislike her. She was really unlucky with her own tennis career plagued by misfortune as stated in the article; injury and car accident.
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I love Tracy's personal tribute to herself!


it's not like anyone else cares about what she accomplished.

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She's such a me-girl.

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Martina wants to come back and play and, of course, there will be critics who will try and knock her down. But I would urge people to be supportive.

She was a wonderful champion and has nothing to prove. She is not coming back for money or to make her place in tennis history - she's already done that.
hmmm, will Tracy take her own advice when certain other players are playing and remember they have nothing to prove and to be supportive?
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