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Carillo Doubts Hingis Has Serious Drug Problem

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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) ― Tennis commentator Mary Carillo doesn't rule out the possibility that Martina Hingis used cocaine, but is more concerned with the way drug testing is conducted in professional tennis – and the void that Hingis' absence will leave in the women's game. Hingis retired yesterday after revealing she had tested positive for cocaine.

"Is it possible Hingis used cocaine around the time of Wimbledon? Yes, though I'd be very, very surprised to learn that she's got a serious drug problem," Carillo told CBS in an email.

"I certainly do not consider cocaine to be a performance-enhancing drug," she went on. "The tragedy of Vitas Gerulaitis' career will never leave me," Carillos said, referring to the late American star, who struggled with a drug problem.

Martina Hingis said Thursday that she tested positive at Wimbledon. She then proclaimed her innocence and retired from tennis for a second time.

It was a swift and stunning end to a career highlighted by five Grand Slam singles titles and a rise to the top of the rankings at 16, the youngest No. 1 ever.

Her voice breaking, her eyes moist, Hingis read from a prepared statement at a news conference in Switzerland, then departed without taking questions.

"I find this accusation so horrendous, so monstrous," the 27-year-old Hingis' statement said, "that I have decided to confront it head-on by talking to the press."

What she decided not to do is fight the doping case, saying it could drag on for too long.

"I am frustrated and angry. I believe that I am absolutely, 100 percent innocent," read Hingis' statement, released by her management.

It concluded with the vow: "I have never taken drugs."

"It's a terrible pity that Hingis is leaving the sport under a cloud of suspicion," Carillo said. "It doesn't help her case or her cause to walk away now, especially because she so fervently denies any wrongdoing.

"The most frustrating thing about drug testing in my sport is how long it takes to get results, to hold tribunals, to finally hear about these things. All this happened four months ago."

Hingis tested positive June 29, the day she was upset in straight sets by Laura Granville of the United States in the third round at Wimbledon. That was her first tournament after missing 11/2 months with hip and back injuries.

"I just didn't want to miss Wimbledon," Hingis said at the time. "Probably at the end of the day, it wasn't, like, the smartest thing."

Although doping charges usually are announced by a sports league or event, athletes first are told if a sample tests positive. A second, backup sample then is tested. Mario Widmer, Hingis' manager, said she learned of the first positive test result in mid-September and the second two or three weeks later.

Hingis said she hired an attorney who found "various inconsistencies" with the urine sample from Wimbledon.

"He is also convinced that the doping officials mishandled the process and would not be able to prove that the urine that was tested for cocaine actually came from me," she said.

Hingis' game lacked the raw power of some of the game's big hitters, but her creative, clever style of play made her one of the most entertaining women on the court.

"The very worst part of all this is that one of the very few truly interesting, intelligent match players of the new millennium is retiring," Carillo said. "No one plays like Hingis – no one else could."
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a good interview, it can be positive for martina/I want see you in a court in 2008
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haha... she is just speeking too many things on one place...she will be the last person on Earth who will be aware of Hingis's "drug problem" ....it is horrendous, so monstrous..

Say HONESTLY..... Do see Martina Hingis as a coca user ?
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the real question is, does Mary Carillo do a couple of lines before her telecasts to get herself juiced up. Cocaine may not be a performance enhancer for players, but it definitely would be considered so for commentators...
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it so very unfortunate for martina to leave like this. i'd want to see her return as well in 2008, but i'm not too sure it will happen. She's such a fantastic player she just hit a bump in the road this year with her hip injury. It's hard and i know being a WS fan their bouts with injuries. I'd wanna say just try and heal and get better but i can't comment on how martina feels, it's been a hard year for her though think also her engagement to stepanek that was called off. I hope she's innocent for her own well being. Good luck in the future, if this is the last time we really see you in the tennis eye as a tennis player.

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I read Martina's statement and to me if she is innocent as she say she is then she would fight the charge. I personally think by not fighting the charge it's admission of guilt. I'm not saying she retired because of it she had an injury riddled year and the results were by her standards not that great. But there is something more to this than meets the eye that we're not being told about. I do agree with Mary Carllio on one thing she said I doubt Martina has a serious drug problem and it hard to imagine she did it in the first place as she's the last person you would expect to do it.
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the real question is, does Mary Carillo do a couple of lines before her telecasts to get herself juiced up. Cocaine may not be a performance enhancer for players, but it definitely would be considered so for commentators...
Word. Some of the things she says sometimes you have to wonder if she's been lighting up some before coming on the air

Then again Maria or Hingis could murder a man right in front of her eyes and she'd tell the judge that it was in self defense. What else could we have expected her to say

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Poor Carillo, she put her trust in everyone possible in order to put a stop to the success of certain players and non worked the way she hoped. Take that Mary, I hope you feel like shit!

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Poor Carillo, she put her trust in everyone possible in order to put a stop to the success of certain players and non worked the way she hoped. Take that Mary, I hope you feel like shit!

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Poor Carillo, she put her trust in everyone possible in order to put a stop to the success of certain players and non worked the way she hoped. Take that Mary, I hope you feel like shit!

The 2007 Wimbledon Champion is looking forward to graduation and the launching of Eleven!: What a great role model!

I wouldnt assume that Venus is 100 percent clean either, maybe she took some EPO blood boosters for her anemia at Wimbledon, it wouldnt surprise me in any case if that was announced.
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I wouldnt assume that Venus is 100 percent clean either, maybe she took some EPO blood boosters for her anemia at Wimbledon, it wouldnt surprise me in any case if that was announced.
Why? EPO is an illegal substance that would have shown up in drug tests at Wimbledon. And we know drug tests took place at Wimbledon . And if it worked so well the first time, why didn't she take more at the US Open? Your theory needs

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Why? EPO is an illegal substance that would have shown up in drug tests at Wimbledon. And we know drug tests took place at Wimbledon . And if it worked so well the first time, why didn't she take more at the US Open? Your theory needs

Is EPO banned in tennis? I just think that with Venus having problems of fatigue that is supposedly coming from anemia, she might have been taking something for it. And even if it was not a banned substance, in my view taking any kind of blood boosters would be unethical. This is just hyporthetical, but I don't have too much confidence that any top players are 100 percent clean, maybe they are 80-90 percent clean, but probably cutting a few corners...
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Is EPO banned in tennis? I just think that with Venus having problems of fatigue that is supposedly coming from anemia, she might have been taking something for it. And even if it was not a banned substance, in my view taking any kind of blood boosters would be unethical. This is just hyporthetical, but I don't have too much confidence that any top players are 100 percent clean, maybe they are 80-90 percent clean, but probably cutting a few corners...

That is just flat kooky. You assume all tennis players dope so Venus is guilty by association. Great work. By the by, EPO is banned and tested for and anemia medication like iron pills are not unethical to take, they're easily available without a prescription and can be taken by anyone.

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