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Hingis will not contest Drug Ban.

Former No. 1 Hingis found guilty of positive cocaine test at Wimbledon, banned 2 years

By ROBERT MILLWARD, AP Sports Writer
January 4, 2008

AP - Jan 4, 4:25 pm EST

LONDON (AP) -- Martina Hingis scribbled the phrase, "All good!" in the comment box on her doping control form at Wimbledon. Six months later, those two words couldn't be further from the truth.

The five-time Grand Slam champion, who is already retired, was banned from tennis for two years Friday when it was announced she was found guilty of testing positive for cocaine at the All England Club.

A three-person, independent tribunal rejected Hingis' defense, calling it "a simple and straightforward case." Her manager said she won't appeal the ruling.

"Since Martina has retired from competitive sports, it makes no sense for her to challenge the judgment," manager Mario Widmer said in Switzerland. "She just isn't going to play anymore."

The failed drug test after Hingis' loss to Laura Granville on June 29 at Wimbledon came to light Nov. 1. That's when the 27-year-old player choked back tears at a news conference while revealing she tested positive for cocaine and said she would leave the sport she once ruled.

That day, she called the accusations "so horrendous, so monstrous," and added, "I believe that I am absolutely, 100 percent innocent."

Hingis' agent did not respond to e-mail and telephone messages requesting comment.

Hingis is the second WTA player suspended for testing positive for cocaine. Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain was banned for three months in 2002. One other woman has been suspended since tennis' anti-doping program was formed in 1993: Sesil Karatantcheva was banned for two years in January 2006 after testing positive for the steroid nandrolone.

Hingis drew support from Venus Williams, a six-time Grand Slam title winner and current Wimbledon champion.

"I like Martina. I think she's a nice girl. I was shocked with everyone else," said Williams, who is playing an exhibition tournament in Hong Kong. "For me, personally, I give her the benefit of the doubt."

The suspension runs from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2009, and Hingis' results at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and three smaller tournaments last year were wiped out, meaning she must forfeit $129,481 in prize money plus her ranking points.

"It's going to be an element of her record and her legacy that I'm sure she hopes wouldn't be there and, I guess, to some degree does take away something from all of her great accomplishments," WTA Tour chief executive Larry Scott said in a telephone interview.

In the 46-page decision, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, the tribunal wrote that Hingis "reiterated her denial that she had ever knowingly taken cocaine," and "asserted cocaine is a ubiquitous substance which can easily be present in the body through contamination, for example by handling banknotes."
However, the decision handed down Friday did produce some real eye-opening information. Dr. Bruce Goldberger, a University of Florida toxicologist, noted on page 24 that the estimated level of the cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine (42 nanograms per milliliter) "was such that it would go unreported" in many drug-testing programs, even the U.S. military, "which uses a screening threshold of 150 ng/ml."

In fact, the minimum cutoff sensitivity testing level set by the National Institute on Drug Abuse is 300 ng/ml.

But the ITF said Goldberger's evidence did not cast doubt on the reliability of the laboratory's analysis, and that Hingis was not able to explain how the banned substance entered her system.

Hingis' side also denied that the sample that tested positive was the sample provided by her and presented seven specific criticisms of the drug-testing process.

But, the decision said, "the force of the case against the player was overwhelming and the tribunal's task was ultimately quite simple."

The ruling outlines the drug-testing process and provides a minute-by-minute account of what happened when Hingis provided her sample at Wimbledon -- a result of a random draw that determined the loser of her third-round match against Granville would be tested. Among the details: Hingis wrote "All good!" before signing her name on the doping control form.

Wimbledon was her first tournament after missing 1 1/2 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."

The former No. 1 player, nicknamed "The Swiss Miss," quit tennis in 2002 because of foot and leg injuries and missed three years' worth of majors. When she returned to the circuit full time in 2006, Hingis reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals, won two smaller tournaments and finished the year No. 7.

This season was more difficult, and she was ranked No. 19 at the end of last season.

At the height of her powers, Hingis was brilliant at controlling points and working every angle. She was the youngest major champion of the 20th century when she won the 1997 Australian Open at 16, and later that year she became the youngest woman at No. 1. She went on to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open that season, too, coming within a loss in the French Open final of a calendar-year Grand Slam.

"Her record is so stellar," Scott said. "The warmth that she enjoys from so many fans around the world ... runs very deep, and over time I don't think this is going to have a very detrimental effect on her legacy."


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1. Lourdes Dominiguez Lino was banned for cocaine only for 3 MONTHS back in 2002.
2. If she wanted to come back, she could at the end of 2009. Hingis would have just turned 29.
3. The quantity of cocaine found WAS EXTREMELY SMALL. So small that infact, most tests would not have even detected it.
4. Hingis scribbled ''all good'' on the comment of her sample. There wasn't even an element of doubt in her mind that she'd passed the test.
5. Hingis really isn't coming back this time.....farewell.

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martina is so nice i don't care if she took cocaina or not, she does not deserve this horrendous career's final

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That is VERY interesting that the amount was extremely small. I'm assuming that could mean one of two things: One, it really did get into her system accidentally or someone put a little in a drink and she was unaware, or Two, she really did knowingly do cocaine, but it was a long time before the test and therefore only a minute amount was still in her system.

Either way, i just don't see how she could give up at a time like this and not defend herself. Forget her career, the people and fans who loved her will love her no matter what, but what about her name? She doesn't care that her name is now associated with an illegal substance?

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That is VERY interesting that the amount was extremely small. I'm assuming that could mean one of two things: One, it really did get into her system accidentally or someone put a little in a drink and she was unaware, or Two, she really did knowingly do cocaine, but it was a long time before the test and therefore only a minute amount was still in her system.

Either way, i just don't see how she could give up at a time like this and not defend herself. Forget her career, the people and fans who loved her will love her no matter what, but what about her name? She doesn't care that her name is now associated with an illegal substance?

I say B since she hasnt really denied it in the media with any passion. Why take cocaine when your still playing? Its really disapointing to me. Total lack of judgement on her part if its true.

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Im tired of the anti-doping agencies... one little drop make you a thief...

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One got banned 3 months for taking a substantial amount of Coke. The other got 2 years for a very minute amount of it.

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One got banned 3 months for taking a substantial amount of Coke. The other got 2 years for a very minute amount of it.

Can anyone explain what's wrong with this picture?
I don't get it either!!!!

When the...........

"estimated level of the cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine (42 nanograms per milliliter) "was such that it would go unreported" in many drug-testing programs, even the U.S. military"


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Whaaat? I didn't know that about LDL.




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fuck coke is gooood
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Excuse for my language below...
I FUCKING can't believe Martina receives such 'horrendous" castigation for the extremely small amount of cocain found in her body that would have gone undetected in most doping tests, seriously...Whoever has judged unfairly on Martina should apologize for they are ignorant of the whole picture. I have heard a few of my friends around me named Hingis as "The Doping Queen' which pisses me off, she truly doesn't FUCKING deserve such an abysmal end of career.

I may be a little biased, but the facts speak for itself... Please forgive me for over-reacting for Martina, the tennis queen in my heart...

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omggggggggg, so much money down the drain
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Tina's been caught doing a line of coke at a party ... so f*cking what?

Pretty much most of the government and half of the royal family were there doing it as well.
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It was a small sampling because it hadn't been taken recently. So she's not contesting it any further. Which means in my mind that the testing commission is the one with truth on their side, not Hingis and her former claims of innocence.

Had she come clean and admitted it from the get-go, I would feel she deserved a second chance. But she's handled it wrong.

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I don't understand the amount of time given for LDL, were the rules different at that time? What were her exact 'numbers on the drug test' in comparison to Hingis'?
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