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New Hingis Interview.."if I hadnít been injured, I would definitely still be playing"

http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissin...11&sid=4069191


swissinfo: Can you swear that you will never return to the WTA circuit?

Martina Hingis: You can never say ďneverĒ in life. It was a difficult decision to retire. And short of a medical miracleÖ

In any case, the longer Iím away from the courts, the harder it will be to get back among the top players. Tennis is constantly changing. Thatís just the way life is. Iím not bitter because Iíve had a lot of great chances throughout my career.

But itís quite hard nowadays when Iím at the championships at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon.

At times like those I wish I could get back on court and play at the level I was at, and feel that special atmosphere again. But thatís not possible. So I do other things instead.

swissinfo: Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati, who you are still in contact with, were also considered lost to the tennis world a few years ago. But theyíre back on court. Donít they tell you to take some time off but come back to tennis later on?

M.H.: It wasnít my decision to stop playing, it was my bodyís! These last few years have been very difficult with all the operations I had to have. I had to stop or I would not have been able to walk again, let alone play sport. But if I hadnít been injured, I would definitely still be playing.

Looking back, I realise I got a lot out of tennis. From now on I have to learn to live differently. Iím studying, I devote a lot of time to my passion for horse riding and Iím often travelling around fulfilling my obligations to my sponsors.

And Iím also trying to give back some of what Iíve been lucky enough to have by involving myself in various causes.

swissinfo: Do you miss competing?

M.H.: For me every day is a competition. Particularly when it comes to my studies. In fact I think above all itís a state of mind: to be willing to do things to the best of your ability. Itís an attitude for life, so I want to hold on to this attitude in my new life.

swissinfo: Your career took off when you won your first tournament at Filderstadt. It seems ironic that it was there, in 2001, that you had your first serious injury, and also where you played your last match in October 2002.

M.H.: I hadnít thought of it before, but itís true. Even if I played my first professional match at Zurich, it was at Filderstadt that I won my first title.

It shows, if proof is needed, how close victory can be to defeat in sport.

swissinfo: What are your best and worst memories?

M.H.: I donít have a best or worst memory. The first tournaments, the Grand Slams, winning and losing, all these moments were learning experiences.

At the top level, thereís a fine line between exhilaration and success, and bitterness and defeat. But it was never a question of life and death and there were always other opportunities.

swissinfo: Youíve sealed your place in history by being the first Swiss player to win a Grand Slam event. How do you feel about Roger Federerís victory at this yearís Wimbledon?

M.H.: Iím pleased Iíve been able to pave the way. Itís fantastic for him. I know how one feels at those moments. When youíve got there, you can say: ď Iíve made it!Ē I wish him the best of luck in his quest for world number one.

Itís good for Switzerland to have exceptional athletes, some role models.

swissinfo: You came to Switzerland when you were eight. Today you divide your time between here and Florida, where you have a house. Where is home for you?

M.H.: I just own a property in Florida. In the past, it was ideal for training. Now I go there when I want to take a holiday or when I have to be in the United States.

swissinfo: You spent almost all of your youth with your mother at your side as your trainer. If you ever have children, will you teach them tennis?

M.H.: I always got on well with my mother and still do. Weíre good friends. Family must always come first for me: itís the most important thing. If itís possible to combine the two, thatís all the better.

I will make my children part of my involvement in the sport, whatever it will be, because it provides good life lessons. Then it will be up to them whether they want to pursue the sport.

swissinfo: Finally, when you go on a tennis court nowadays, do you still take care not to step on the lines?

M.H.: No of course not. Those old superstitions have no place in my new life!

swissinfo-interview: Mathias Froidevaux (translation : Joanne Shields)

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I miss Martina - at least I have a lot of her matches on video - I'm glad now that I recorded them, she was (is) a super player.
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Very nice interview, thanks.
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Thanks for that interview

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Nice interview. She seems to have matured a lot ... realizing that you cannot take things for granted.
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I told you so! Nobody believed me. However, I missed her as well!


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Unfortunately, we may not see her like again in tennis. Few players in history have had her combination of talent, charisma and charm.

The fact that even now, ten months after her retirement, she still generates as much publicity as she does without doing anything spectacular, proves just how important Martina has been to the sport.

But Martina has also proven there is life away from tennis and it hasn't taken her long to find her feet in this new world. Another recent interview indicates she now intends to finish high school and perhaps go even further with her education. She has started taking part in a few show jumping tournaments on the lower level and has already won some competitions. She continues to appear on behalf of her sponsors and is working with children on behalf of Adidas. Martina's new relationship even appears to be going well.

It sounds to me as if Hingis continues to be a quick learner.
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This is a nice interview. She seems to have a more mature and relaxed demeanor.

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aww im just remembering watching her - it makes me sad. maybe she'll do a jennifer in a few years
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John McEnroe on hearing she was taking correspondence studies from Oxford, "She'll be back within the year."

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John McEnroe on hearing she was taking correspondence studies from Oxford, "She'll be back within the year."
Cambridge NOT Oxford, that McEnroe can't get anything right!

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Well, as she said she needs a medical miracle to be able to play again. Let's start praying.
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she ain't comin back..
she sounds more intelligent in terms of her speech! Her Cambridge education seems to be doin the trick!

she's matured and moved on, but the chances of us ever seeing her play a match are looking bleak
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she ain't comin back..
she sounds more intelligent in terms of her speech! Her Cambridge education seems to be doin the trick!

she's matured and moved on, but the chances of us ever seeing her play a match are looking bleak

tyk, I agree...we will probably not see the like of her again ....much happiness Marti as you look forward to your many new ventures!!


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