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I don't think Martina Hingis is coming back

I've seen pictures of her following Sergio Garcio around the links but don't see her practising. I don't think her heart is in the sport anymore. I think this "injury" could become a permanent one if you know what I mean, I had my suspicions. These latest withdrawals from the US hardcourt season sort of confirmed my suspicions.

Also it's becoming quite obvious that she can't compete with the top players anymore. The longer she stays away from the sport the harder it will be.

Hingis was never a fighter, I've been watching her since like 96-97, if she's not at the top I don't think she'll stick around for too long. I remember she did an interview in 97 and she said she only intended to play tennis until around the age of 24. Well she's turning 22 soon.

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post #2 of 77 (permalink) Old Jul 14th, 2002, 07:18 AM
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yeh i dont think shes coming back either...i thought she'd retired anyway..i heard that a while ago...
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I don't think so... Martina will be back, I think she wants to prove that she can stay at the top.

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I agree. I think Hingis is done, she peaked at a very young age and it has been downhill ever since. Even if she came back I don't think there is any way she could avoid getting destroyed by the williams girls over and over again
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But I must add that one of the commentators that commentated during Wimbledon, did mention that news from the locker room is that Martina is retiring. But I don't believe her.

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just because you can't beat other top ten players that often means you can't beat the hundreds of other players on tour and hingis is certainly capable of that, and doesn't mean that she has lost her form what hasty generalizations!
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Well I think she'll be coming back unless her only goal in life is to make babies and be somebody's wife. Personally though with all this time off, I would imho learn some valuable skills in case her career is over. I am not so sure following Sergio around is the answer at the moment, but hey who really knows what she is thinking at the moment. She could be working on herself and maturing into a confident person.

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Well I think she'll be coming back unless her only goal in life is to make babies and be somebody's wife. Personally though with all this time off, I would imho learn some valuable skills in case her career is over. I am not so sure following Sergio around is the answer at the moment, but hey who really knows what she is thinking at the moment.
LOL Dawn I'm not trying to start a war against the feminists by suggesting THAT! But i'm saying that's what she IS doing right now, following Sergio.

Look I don't know how rich she is but I don't think she needs to work again, but who knows.

Alan I didnt' say she should retire BECAUSE she can't beat top players, I'm saying she won't want to play because of that. I don't know if you saw her in 97-98 but if she still has that personality, trust me she wouldn't want to stick around.

WR, like I said I'm not sure she wants to prove that she can stay at the top. Aside from the fact i don't think she can.
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SAM L, Oh I know that sweetie, I am replying from my own personal viewpoint. Though just because one has loads of money doesn't mean a person should stop growing. Personally I think it good to stimulate the mind and continue on a creative path.

I do think her injury is SERIOUS, if you read up on her condition, you know maybe explore futher on the net just excatly what her problem is, then her withdrawal is not suprising at all. In fact imho she is not out of the woods yet when it comes to retirement. Personally I wouldn't be surprised if she stays away until next season.

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I think she might consider retiring if she comes back and isnt able to play at the same level as she's used to. She'd also be worried about injuring her foot further. But really i dont think theres anything wrong with following Sergio around if thats what makes her happy. She cant really practise because shes injured so she can do what she wants with her spare time.
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Hingis never seemed to strike me as an academian and she has never mentioned the last book that she read or indicated any skills, whatsoever, outside of tennis.

If her relationship develops with Sergio to the point that they get engaged in the next 4-6 months, then you can kiss Marti goodbye from the tour.

I believe that she is eager to have the type of family that she never had herself. She has won slams and other titles along with millions of dollars so I do not believe that it will take a lot of proding to get her out of the rar race of tennis.

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I think Martina showed quite clearly that she could compete with the best when healthy. After all, she was only a mental collapse away from the AO title!

As for interest though, I'm prepared to agree that she might not have what it takes... she's been around for a long time, that will make it less fun... and of course if you've been the best and isn't anymore, it will be less fun... and of course, many millions on the bank and a new love...

Martina also has the heel problems that wouldn't be solved by the surgery, so even if that injury heals, she might never be fully fit again, and that's also a reason to quit.

In conclusion, I don't believe Martina will quit without another attempt to come back, though I wouldn't rule it out. If she comes back, gets injured again, and still has a lover, I wouldn't be surprised at all if she quit.
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"I want to set myself to no time frameworks for my comeback, thereby pressurize myself", said the US open 1997 champion. "Surely there is the possibility that I will play in New York. Nevertheless I have still over five weeks time for preparation. And up to now the therapy ran well."

this is what Martina had to say in her latest interview with a swiss publication.

among other things it says she's practicing out on the courts 2 times a day and doing other things...
now if she is 'retiring and never coming back' then why is she staying in florida and training instead of following Sergio round at the British Open? and wouldn't she rule out the possiblity of even considering playing at the US Open if she isn't coming back instead of saying there is a possibility..

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Do you think all of her sponsors would let her retire early? She has signed many contracts for a period of time and she will have to fulfill this obligation.

I think she is taking a extended break from the game, a little like what Venus did in 2000.
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babsi, I think that if she really wanted to retire her sponsors wouldn't have a very big say in it, they'd have to go with her decision...but I kinda agree with you about her taking an extended break along with recovering from her injury.

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