Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Self-made gilded cage
Re: Martina Hingis, overrated?
To put a broader perspective on Martina: another problem with her is that since her early childhood she basically pursued two completely different sports - the first one professionally, the other one as a past-time activity.
When she was 3, they moved from Slovakia - where she started hitting the ball as a 2-year-old kid - to a little rural town in east Czech Rep. where she developed her tennis skills AND fell in love with horse-riding. This continued in Switzerland.
I read couple of Czech or English interviews with her and I really think that this girl loves horse-riding as much as playing tennis.
Tennis was basically 'imposed' on her by her ambitious mother, while horse-riding was her free choice.
That's why I think she had no problem to retire at just 22 on a huge pile of cash. I've read somewhere that today she rides her horses four times a week and even spent a month in Portugal at some equestrian competition.
BTW, it's common knowledge that she fell off a horse before the 1997 RG final.
So overall I think that tennis was not everything for this girl and that's why she underachieved and had no problem staying four years away from the tour before her relatively sucessful comeback.
But it was actually good that tennis wasn't everything for her, when she wasn't much in shape and did everything for fun and out of pure talent is when she shined the most, when she started to take it seriously and began to want to win a GS so bad again it's when she became to tank in Grand Slam finals.
The belief that man is an irresolute creature pulled this way and that by two forces of equal strength, alternately winning and losing the battle for his soul; the conviction that human life is nothing more than an uncertain struggle between heaven and hell; the faith in two opposed entities, Satan and Christ - all this was bound to engender those internal discords in which the mind, excited by the incessant fighting, stimulated as it were by the constant promises and threats, ends up by giving in and prostitutes itself to whichever of the two combatants has been more obstinate in its pursuit. Life isn't black and white, it's gold.