Can someone dig up a clip of Hingis and her Mauresmo comments, or a transcription of the interview itself? I still have a suspicion that it was the fault of the journalists desperate for some scandal. Some comments need no context to be unacceptable, but I think in this case I would need to see the whole interview to judge how rude Hingis really was being.
Here is exactly what she said: (from SI, Feb 8, 1999
In a press conference following the match, Davenport said, "A couple of times, I mean, I thought I was playing a guy out there, the girl was hitting it so hard, so strong, and I would look over there and she's so strong in the shoulders, those shoulders." Even those comments might have gone largely unnoticed had not Hingis, shortly afterward in an interview conducted in German, said of Mauresmo, "She's half a man; she's here with her girlfriend." With that, a cause célèbre was born. The Melbourne tabloid Herald Sun's approach was typical: two pictures—one of Mauresmo on the court, from the rear, and one of her and Bourdon nuzzling after the match—beneath the headline OH MAN, SHE'S GOOD.
Davenport was appalled at the tempest her statements had helped stir up. She wrote a note of apology that was delivered to Mauresmo at the Melbourne Hyatt Hotel on the night before the final. "Very gentle words, very sincere," said Mauresmo.
Hingis was less contrite. That same evening she sharply criticized the open nature of Mauresmo's relationship with Bourdon
. "Everyone makes her own choices," Hingis said, "but you don't have to show it in everything you do. They are hugging and kissing each other all the time
, and I'm just, 'O.K., there is a limit
.' Now I think Mauresmo got her lesson. She won't show [affection] as much."
Hingis apologized to Mauresmo as the two players stood on Centre Court awaiting the trophy presentation. "I hope you really mean this," Mauresmo recalled saying in response, although she doubted Hingis was sincere
, and in fact Hingis wasn't
. "I'm not regretting anything I said about her
," Hingis said during the car ride to the photo shoot, "but I have to see [Mauresmo] for many years, and I don't want to have to look into the wall every time I see her coming."
With Amelie - one of the sweetest, nicest champions of all-time, recently retired, and now able to prepare her
acceptance speech to the HOF. While Miss Hingis, who I do love adding NEVER WON a singles major after that 1999 Australian title, having her career suspended and her entry in the HOF in some doubt, because she was caught taking drugs. Oh, the delicious ironies of life, Miss Hingis!
Now would Madge Court be proud of what Hingis said, and did (cocaine), or Amelie for the way she conducted herself on and off court?