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Bette_Midler
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:38 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/tennis/news_story.asp?id=144986

TSN.ca Staff

11/29/2005 12:27:42 PM

After retiring in 2002 because of a foot injury, Martina Hingis is returning to the WTA.

The 25-year old former champion released a statement through her agents Octagon on Tuesday.

"I was never happy my injuries cut my career short and ultimately forced my decision to step away from tennis," her statement read. "I have enjoyed my time away from the court, a period that has allowed me to experience a different side of life.

"However, I miss the game and the challenge of competing at the highest level of tennis, and I want to gauge whether I can stay healthy and compete against today's top players."

Hingis has won five grand slam titles in her career.

SilK
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:41 PM
this thread is misleading :rolleyes:

Wojtek
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:41 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20051129/sp_nm/tennis_hingis_dc_2

:):):)

canoe.
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:41 PM
:bounce:
OMG! Its too good to be true.

A'DAM
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:41 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek:
:yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
:eek: :eek: :eek:

Gush Im so happy!!!
Maybe Anna K will come back to to play doubles with Martina :lol: :lol: :lol:

jimbo mack
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:41 PM
fuck :eek:

is this for real?

SilK
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:42 PM
this is a very, very good example of bad Journalism and quote chasing...

jimbo mack
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:43 PM
this is a very, very good example of bad Journalism and quote chasing...

but how can you be sure?

LH2HBH
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:43 PM
this thread is misleading :rolleyes:

seems pretty legit to me

jonny84
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:43 PM
If this is true, I would be so happy!!!

It would be great to have Martina back on the tour again and being a contender for the big titles. I know she lost to Weingartner at Pattaya City in February (in 3 sets!), so it didnt look good, but if she plays full-time (or a restricted schedule so she doesnt reaggrevate the injuries) she will probably improve!

Good Luck Martina if you do come back!

jimbo mack
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:44 PM
seems pretty legit to me

exactly, there's also 2 sources

SilK
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:45 PM
but how can you be sure?

Only the title suggests that Hingis is returning.

Nowhere in that article, there is a QUOTE that has Hingis saying she is coming back.

The quotes mentioned, suggest she is coming back, but it's all up to how you take that.

A'DAM
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:45 PM
Looks real to me!!!

SilK
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:45 PM
I won't believe it, untill I see that Octagon statement with my own eyes.

Wojtek
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:46 PM
CNN has this news too.

Bubba08
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:46 PM
This statement looks like too unreal to be true. :eek:

Wojtek
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:46 PM
http://www.eurosport.com/

!<blocparty>!
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:47 PM
She hasn't said anything that we didn't already know, though.

jimbo mack
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:48 PM
CNN has this news too.

this makes the 3rd source...it's looking more and more likely

however, i understand why S.I.L is sceptical. it would be better coming from octagon themselves

A'DAM
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:48 PM
http://www.eurosport.com/

Now Im 100% sure its real!!!

Eurosport is a very very very trustable source!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

LH2HBH
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:48 PM
i just did a google news search for 'Hingis Returning' and I couple of hits, all posted about 15 minutes ago. Apparantly this press release just happened

SilK
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:49 PM
however, i understand why S.I.L is sceptical. it would be better coming from octagon themselves

she is still not returning to full WTA play...
she plays A tournament, she did that this year as well

so the thread is still misleading and incorrect ;)

jimbo mack
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:51 PM
The prospect of Martina Hingis returning to competitive tennis has attracted promoters and tournament directors hoping that the former world number one's return in Pattaya City next month will go smoothly. The Swiss retired in November 2002 as a result of her failure to overcome a foot injury.

Australian Open chief Paul McNamee, who also runs the Hopman Cup, hopes that Hingis will compete in the season-opener in 2006.

"Wouldn't it be amazing if she does come back into the competitive side of the sport," he grinned.

"We hear the Pattaya tournament is not a comeback but... you know, she is back playing a tournament, so who knows?"

"Martina could come back into the mix, you never know."

The five-times major champion, who reached six successive Australian Open finals and won 76 WTA Tour titles, would be a welcome addition to the women's game.

The master tactician will use the Pattaya tournament, starting January 31, as a test of her fitness.

"The tournament is a test. I don't know how my body will react," she told Switzerland's Le Matin newspaper last week.

"I was a bit rusty, in the beginning, with some small pains in my calf at times. But that is part of the game.

"The state of my preparation is a question of mental preparation above all."

Hingis has worked as a part-time commentator for German and International versions of Eurosport, since her retirement

NOW THIS IS LEGIT :eek:

:woohoo:

wher did you get this?

Bubba08
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:51 PM
that witch needs to stay the fuck away :mad:
:retard:

A'DAM
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:53 PM
Eurosport 2 showing it as a breaking news!!! :worship:

Bubba08
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:53 PM
It is still the same article, this time on BBC sport.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4482974.stm

<!Society!>
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:54 PM
ye she does we dont want her getting thwarted by davenport now do we or crying at the french open hahaha

bw2082
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:55 PM
:eek: :woohoo:

pierce0415
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:55 PM
Martina :hearts: :D :bounce:

crazillo
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:57 PM
I am not too convinced....

Lucy
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:57 PM
this is awesome news!!! i love it

Grachka
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:57 PM
The BBC have it too, and they never publish sensational gossip like this unless its true :)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/4482974.stm

Hingis set for return to WTA Tour

Former world number one Martina Hingis will return to professional tennis next year more than three years since retiring from the sport.
The 25-year-old Swiss star quit at the end of 2002 after a series of recurring injury problems.

But she said in a statement on Tuesday: "I was never happy my injuries cut my career short and ultimately forced my decision to step away from tennis.

"I've enjoyed my time away - it's let me to experience a new side of life."

She added: "I miss the game and the challenge of competing at the highest level of tennis, and I want to gauge whether I can stay healthy and compete against today's top players."

Hingis won a total of five Grand Slam titles during her career

GOOD LUCK MARTI :bounce: :D

Lucy
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:58 PM
will she be playing singles, doubles, or both?

No Name Face
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:58 PM
Martina's BACK!!! :yeah:

she's my secret crush, i hope she does well :hearts:

<!Society!>
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:59 PM
"and i want to gauge whether i can stay healthy and play against todays top player"

meaning: im coming back to see if i can be as good as i was, if so ill stay :) so shes coming back, she better watch out for lindsay

Mafia_Sharapova
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:59 PM
Martina :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

SIN DIOS NI LEY
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:01 PM
Wow ... with the return of Jenny :worship: , Martina :D and maybe Monica :bounce: , this planet is a better place (at least for me )


That's Cooooooool

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:01 PM
I'll believe it when i see it :)

go Martina :D :) hope she does come back :D :bounce:

hablo
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:02 PM
that's awesome!!! :woohoo::banana:

(she told momo she was sorry about her comments, Timafi :p )

Tripp
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:03 PM
:speakles:

Let's just wait, though, people. As much as I'd love Martina to come back, we still don't have a full interview that says she'll comeback and play a full schedule.
Hopefully she will, but we're not certain yet.

Jenny.C.Fan
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:04 PM
Wow thats cool, good luck to her :)

adam_ads_n
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:04 PM
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES! Hope it's 100% true- the beautiful tennis will come back with her!

raquel
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:05 PM
Excellent news. I want to see more Williams v Hingis matches :drool:

And it is another chance to admire Hingis. I was never a big fan, but missed her when she left the game and I always thought she was good to watch even when easily beating someone. I wish her well.........until she plays a favourite of mine. ;)

LefandePatty
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:05 PM
YEAHHHH MY GOD THAT'S AWESOME !!!!!! :bowdown: :banana: :woohoo:

and that's REAL !

http://www.swisstxt.ch/TSR1/184-00.html

WHAT A GREAT DAY !!!!!!!!!!
tears of joy :bigcry: :bigcry: :bigcry:

Bette_Midler
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:07 PM
Hingis plans return to pro tennis

Tuesday, November 29, 2005 Posted: 1733 GMT (0133 HKT)

story.hingis.ap.jpg
Hingis aims to test her skills against the current crop of top-rated players

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) -- Swiss former world number one Martina Hingis is to return to professional tennis next year.

"I was never happy my injuries cut my career short and ultimately forced my decision to step away from tennis," said the 25-year-old in a statement issued by her agents Octagon on Tuesday.

"I have enjoyed my time away from the court, a period that has allowed me to experience a different side of life."

She added|: "However, I miss the game and the challenge of competing at the highest level of tennis, and I want to gauge whether I can stay healthy and compete against today's top players."

Hingis, winner of five grand slam singles titles, retired in late 2002 because of injury.

She is the youngest player in history to reach the top of the world rankings, having achieved the feat at the age of 16 years six months.

At 16, she was the youngest winner of a grand slam last century and the holder of the Australian, Wimbledon and U.S. Open crowns.

Hingis compensated for her lack of height with superb court craft, excellent timing and an indomitable will.

The advent of the powerful Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, punctured Hingis's dominance and her decline began.

She won the last of her five grand slam singles titles at the 1999 Australian Open.
Damaged feet

In 2001 she sued Italian sportswear company Sergio Tacchini, saying their shoes had damaged her feet.

Operations on her ankles in October 2001 and May 2002 led Hingis to withdraw from the sport.

She made a one-off comeback to the WTA Tour last February, losing 1-6 6-2 6-2 to Germany's Marlene Weingartner in the first round of the Thailand Open.

Before playing in Thailand, her last match had been in Filderstadt, Germany in late 2002.

Hingis ranks third in the list of career prize money, behind Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova.

"Martina (Hingis) has meant so much to the game of tennis, both on the court with her results, and off the court through her continuous charity involvement," said Phil de Picciotto, Octagon's president of athletes and personalities.

"She had just turned 22 when injuries forced her to stop. Now, at the age of 25, with several surgeries behind her, Martina is looking forward to the challenge of playing a competitive schedule of events."

Hingis was a model of consistency throughout her career, earning at least $1 million in prize money for seven successive years.
http://edition.cnn.com/2005/SPORT/11/29/tennis.hingis.reut/

Andy T
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:08 PM
This is great news which will add another fascinating dimension to the tour next year. I sincerely hope that she does very well because she has a lot of talent and a game which contrasts beautifully to that of many of today's top ten-twelve.

Now, let's hope Jen and Monica get back out there with her and give us some mouth-watering line-ups in the months to come.

JuanRodriguez
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:10 PM
wow!!! Very curious if Martina can make it back to the top!
Looks like it's gonna be an interesting season :) Now it's only waiting for Capriati and Seles to do the same...

pierce0415
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:11 PM
wow Pattaya is blessed to have her be there 2 years in a row
I hope she comes back earlier though

ToeTag
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:14 PM
:) :) :) :)

Woo Hoo!

Good Luck, Martina. Looking forward to seeing her play again.

rrfnpump
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:15 PM
I am soo hoping she will come back :D ;)
she plays the most beautiful and elegant tennis ever :hearts:

VeeReeDavJCap81
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:15 PM
Wow, how exciting :eek:

Penglover
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:15 PM
I also want to see if she really is that good as a legend :lol:

griffin
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:16 PM
I hope this is true for her fans sake (and because I think they've been jerked around enough on this issue), but all these articles just restate the same thing, and nowhere does she definitively say "I am coming back" or give any details about what and where she will be playing.

Is she doing another one-off like last year? Is she going to try two in a row and see how that goes? Or is she going to commit to a schedule and make a concerted effort?

Pick a lane already.

Vincent
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:18 PM
Can somebody please call me an ambulance.....


I know I am a bit over-reacting, but I always have faith that Martina HINGIS will come back one day...I check the WTAworld for one last time before I go to sleep today, and found out this news....mummy.....*Vincent runs to him mom*

:crying2:

Geoffry
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:21 PM
It would be great if Martina comes back at full force! But I'll believe it, if I see it ;)
Anyway, good luck Martina :D

köj-č
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:21 PM
:eek:... yay go martina!!! :woohoo:

but.. sorry to say.. i don't think she will make it so far.. maybe she will play some matches.. but she won't survive for long time.. :( but i do not hope so.. :(

sapir1434
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:23 PM
Wow... :eek: I don't really think she will back to the top, but good luck anyway... :bounce:

alwayshingis
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:27 PM
Now I've decided to get excited!! :bounce:

I was holding off, but why hold off when I can revel in absolute joy???

Come on MARTINA!!!

CoryAnnAvants#1
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:30 PM
According to Hingis's manager, she has planned a FULL schedule and this isn't a one-off.



Hingis Announces Comeback
http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/Hingis05NickDagostino.jpg
Photo By Nick Dagostino By Richard Pagliaro
11/30/2005

Martina Hingis made history at the age of 16 years, 6 months when she became the youngest player to reach the world No. 1 ranking. Now, the 25-year-old Hingis is ready to write a comeback chapter to her career story. The five-time Grand Slam champion announced today she will return to professional tennis in 2006.


"I was never happy that my injuries cut my career short and ultimately forced my decision to step away from tennis," said Hingis in a statement released by Octagon, her management company. "I have enjoyed my time away from the court, a period that has allowed me to experience a different side of life. However, I miss the game and the challenge of competing at the highest level of tennis, and I want to gauge whether I can stay healthy and compete against today痴 top players."

The three-time Australian Open champion will launch her comeback in January in Australia where she has traditionally played her best tennis. Hingis reached six straight Australian Open finals prior to her retirement and posted a 44-5 career record in Melbourne.

Hingis has been training in Wollerau, Switzerland under the guidance of her mother and coach, Melanie Molitor. Her manager, Mario Widmer, told Tennis Week today Hingis is in the process of finalizing her schedule and deciding where she will officially launch her comeback.

"Octagon, (the) WTA and the (the) tournaments are working on that," Widmer said when asked where Hingis will make her 2006 debut. "She plans to play a full schedule in January and go from there."

It's possible Hingis could begin her comeback at the Tier II Sydney tournament, which begins January 9th. Hingis has had success in Sydney in the past, winning the event in 2001 and 2002, and would face top 20 opponents in Sydney.

The announcement comes two months after Hingis led the New York Sportimes to the World TeamTennis Championship. Hingis, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship weekend, did not lose one set in the Sportimes semifinal win over the Boston Lobsters or in New York's 21-18 championship match against defending champion Newport Beach. She accounted for 15 of the Sportimes・21 points in the championship, but as recently as September, Hingis told Tennis Week she had no plans for a full-fledged return to the WTA Tour.

The one-set format of World TeamTennis is worlds apart from the rigors of the WTA Tour, but it's quite conceivable Hingis used her WTT rookie season as a testing ground to see if her her surgically-repaired ankle could stand up to the challenge of match play. Hingis' injured ankle and her ongoing legal battle with former clothing and shoe sponsor Sergio Tacchini were two of the factors that kept her sidelined. Widmer told Tennis Week, Hingis has regained her health and settled the suit.

"Her foot is better," Widmer said. "The suit (with Tacchini) is settled."



At her best, Hingis showed the superb court sense and fine feel for the ball of a player intent on separating strands of felt from a tennis ball with each swing of her Yonex racquet. But watching Hingis struggle to combat the pace of harder-hitting opponents at the end of her career sometimes felt like seeing a woman trying to slow a sledgehammer with a feather duster. It's been six years since Hingis raised her final Grand Slam title trophy at the 1999 Australian Open and nearly three years since she won a tournament match, but her Sportimes mixed doubles partner, Hall of Famer John McEnroe, didn't feel the need to consult a calendar or the recent rankings in proclaiming Hingis would be a certain top 10 player if she returned to the WTA Tour.

"I haven't seen her play the last six months. But I would say if she came back tomorrow she'd be in the top 10. Tomorrow," McEnroe told Tennis Week. "Barring injury, without a doubt she'd be in the top 10. That's her decision. I don't know how healthy she is or if she feels she can pull it off for five or six matches in a week or whatever you need to do to win a tournament; that I don't know. I'd tell her to come back."

In her WTT appearances and recent interviews with Tennis Week, Hingis coyly danced around the comeback question with the same dexterity she showed in masterfully manipulating opponents to capture 40 career singles titles, 36 doubles titles and a total of 14 Grand Slam championships (five major singles titles and nine major doubles titles). Hingis is one of only five women players to have been ranked No 1 in singles and doubles at the same time (a feat she accomplished for 35 consecutive weeks from June 1998 - March 2000), and ranked third all-time on the career prize money list, behind only Hall of Famers Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. She compiled a 471-100 record in her career.

It has been a year of comebacks on the WTA Tour — Kim Clijsters returned from wrist surgery that cause her ranking to drop to No. 133 in March to claim her first career Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open; Venus Williams fought off a match point in the Wimbledon final against Lindsay Davenport to end a near four-year major title drought; and Mary Pierce, whose ranking plummeted to No. 295 in April of 2002, rebounded to reach the Roland Garros, U.S. Open and WTA Tour Championships finals and rise to No. 5 in the rankings at the age of 30 — but Hingis' attempted comeback may well be the biggest story of all.

Comeback questions have confronted Hingis since she retired at age 22. In an interview with Tennis Week in July, Hingis was asked if she would consider a Martina Navratilova-style comeback as a doubles specialist still capable of mastering majors. Hingis vetoed the idea, suggesting committing to a comeback would be an all or nothing proposition.

"Right (I could still be a doubles winner), but it's like either do the whole thing or nothing at all," Hingis said. "I would not just want to hang around as just a doubles player and just stick around for doubles. That is definitely going to be an option (for some players), but not for me. No."

In an era of baseline blasters, the Swiss stylist was fond of finesse and alternating spins and speeds of her shots. The contrast of the fast, flat flight path of the searing strikes from her powerful peers ・the Williams sisters, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati and Mary Pierce ・and the more measured movement of Hingis' lofty topspin strokes were as pronounced as comparisons of a transcontinental trip taken aboard the Concorde and a crop duster.

At five-foot-seven, 130 pounds, Hingis was overshadowed by bigger, stronger opponents, but used her greatest weapon ・her mind ・to compensate for the significant size disparity she often faced. Seles once said Hingis constructed points perhaps better than anyone she ever faced.

"(My mind) was very important because I wasn't the biggest or strongest so I had to have technique and tactics to be successful," Hingis told Tennis Week in a past interview. "For me, my mother was always the most important person in helping me. She taught me just every shot ・from the time I was a little kid she had me work on every shot. So that (the mental game) was easy because I would go on the court feeling comfortable and secure. I knew I could do it in practice so there was no reason not to be able to do it in the match. I was already pretty confident from the time I was young. My mother would take me to her club and I would play with the kids and even though I was one of the younger ones I always wanted to be one of the best. And I had success at a pretty young age. My personality is very loose in general and I never made big trouble out of big shots. When I would get to a match point, I knew I'd come that far so I knew I could do it (close out the match)."

Savvy, sassy and shrewd, Hingis was a creative, crafty player who countered power with precision. She had the audacity to drop shot off opponent's second serves and the ability to make such shots work.

Critics cast her as a persistent pusher who exploited the void at the top of tennis near the end of Steffi Graf's reign and prior to the Williams sisters rise to supremacy. But rivals recognized her as an astute, analytical player who overcame her soft serve with commanding court sense, sound shot selection and the willingness to work multiple game plans during the course of a single match. Her mother and coach, Melanie Molitor, named Hingis after Martina Navratilova and as recently as the start of the 2002 season, Navratilova asserted if you took away the serve and started the rallies at neutral, Hingis was still the best player in the world.

An avid tennis fan, who continues to scout potential opponents and follow tournament results both on television and on the Internet, Hingis herself seemed unsure if her surgically-repaired left ankle and soft second serve could withstand the rigors of today's hard-hitting opponents in her last interview with Tennis Week. She conceded the thought of a comeback had crossed her mind.

"This format really suits me, but if I had to play two out of three sets that's a different story," Hingis told Tennis Week. "But playing five games singles doubles mixed is perfectly suited for me. Of course it's tempting when you win 5-0, 5-1 matches, but you never know what would happen after that. I've just tried to improve as the matches go on and I feel like I'm getting better and better and more comfortable on the court. I'm really enjoying it so we'll see what happens."

McEnroe's last noteworthy mixed doubles partner prior to his pairing with Hingis last summer ・former Queen's neighbor and sometime broadcast partner Mary Carillo ・teamed with McEnroe to win the French Open mixed doubles title. The ESPN analyst believes Hingis would struggle to combat the power of today's top 10 players.

"I think Lendl was the first guy who started knocking the racquet out of John's hands. All that power and all that relentless aggression from Lendl got to John in the same way that Serena got to Hingis," Carillo told Tennis Week. "I think Hingis played more like John than anyone I'd ever seen. I think for all the same reasons she went away because of all that."

In her WTT comeback, Hingis played with the fearless feel of a blind pickpocket. Both bold, outspoken Grand Slam champions combated power with creative court sense, flair for finesse and an expanded comfort zone from every possible position on court. McEnroe said their similarities start with their hands.

"Hingis is a great player. She's got great feel," McEnroe said. "She plays the game the way I play it ・with great feel ・we don't overpower people, but we get the job done. She's not a big person, but she's got great hands."

It was her superior sense of feel that helped Hingis ascend to the top 10 as a teenager. She began playing tennis at the age of two and turned pro at the age of 14. In 1997, Hingis defeated Pierce in the Australian Open final to become the youngest Grand Slam singles champion of the 20th century at the age of 16 years, three months. She would rise to the top of tennis three months later to become the youngest No. 1 at 16 years, six months and one day.

Hingis reigned as the world's top-ranked player for 209 weeks, winning five Grand Slam singles championships in 12 major finals, capturing nine Grand Slam doubles titles with six different partners and reaching at least the final four in 19 of her last 23 majors. But injury-induced inactivity sidelined her for much of the final year and a half of her career.

In her prime, some opponents and fans interpreted the smile as a smug smirk of superiority from a teenager who could make the game look as easy as child's play. But the truth is, Hingis held a child-like genuine joy for the game and always seemed to remember what some of her peers sometimes looked like they long forgot: that tennis is a game and games are played for fun.

Once it stopped becoming fun and once her recurring injuries made the hours of practice a painful prospect, Hingis announced her retirement. It was probably the right time to leave. At her best, she was tennis' top problem solver. But by the time Jennifer Capriati fought off four championship points to rally from a 4-6, 0-4 deficit and register a 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 triumph over Hingis in the 2002 Australian Open final, the sight of a weary Hingis hanging her head over the court-side clock was truly symbolic: the Swiss was running of time and solutions. Capriati had handed Hingis her fifth straight Slam final defeat. The player who always seemed one step ahead of the game stepped out of the sport a year later.

On May 20th, 2002, Hingis underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in her left ankle. It was her second surgery in a year. She returned to tournament tennis in the summer of 2002, but later admitted she rushed back too quickly. On October 11th, 2002, Hingis announced she was taking an indefinite leave from tennis after a series of disappointing defeats, including a first-round loss to the then 109th-ranked Nadia Petrova at the Kremlin Cup. She announced her official retirement in February of 2003.

Hingis' press conferences could sometimes be almost as entertaining as her matches. She is fluent in three languages (German, French, English), but never learned the phrase "no comment" in any of them. If you had questions, Hingis had answers and wasn't afraid of sharing them.

"What people don't always realize about Martina is she has a good sense of humor," Lindsay Davenport once said of Hingis. "Things she says about other people she says about herself too. She makes fun of herself a lot. I've always gotten along well with her."

But how will Hingis compensate for the significant size and strength disadvantage she will face against top opponents in her return to tennis? Hingis' serve, the weakest link in an otherwise sound game, was persistently punished by Davenport, the Williams sisters, Capriati and other top opponents in her final year on tour. A skilled volleyer, Hingis was reduced to the role of retriever by several top ranked opponents in her final full season of play. It will be intriguing to see how she addresses the vulnerable areas of her game in her comeback.

"I always had that anticipation and tried to be aware of everything that could happen," Hingis told Tennis Week. "I had a lot of desire to play well and do well; I wanted to be one of the best players out there and I liked to play so that was part of it. And as I was saying earlier, I think the fact that my mom taught me all the shots when I was a kid, I could go on the court feeling like I could hit all the shots and then it's fun to put them together and figure out ways to win. My style was about anticipation and technique and tactics and so I was a little different than the power players you see in the top 10 even in my last year on the Tour."

CooCooCachoo
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:32 PM
this thread is misleading :rolleyes:

:sad: Very misleading indeed, yet it gives me hope that she wants to see if she can stage a comeback :D

CooCooCachoo
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:34 PM
If that last article CoryAnnAvants#1 posted is correct, then I guess it's not misleading :banana:

But the Yahoo article doesn't state she is actually staging a comeback.

tenn_ace
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:35 PM
I'm dead (I'm so happy) :bounce:

hablo
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:35 PM
"Octagon, (the) WTA and the (the) tournaments are working on that," Widmer said when asked where Hingis will make her 2006 debut. "She plans to play a full schedule in January and go from there."

It's possible Hingis could begin her comeback at the Tier II Sydney tournament, which begins January 9th. Hingis has had success in Sydney in the past, winning the event in 2001 and 2002, and would face top 20 opponents in Sydney.


allez Martina :bounce::drool::hearts:
(my loyalties are still with Momo though :angel: )

Carmen Mairena
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:36 PM
Great news for tennis! :bounce: :worship:

Jakub
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:37 PM
:eek: :woohoo:
that`s a shocker !!:banana:

Berlin_Calling
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:39 PM
yes great news!

lukehingis
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:41 PM
someone pinch me! Am I dreaming???

tennisrox
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:43 PM
:woohoo:

Fabulous news!She's coming to save us from the baseline-bashers!!Hallelujah!

Orion
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:43 PM
The most I can hope for is a doubles return. She makes a brilliant doubles player. If she teams up with a younger player who hits hard and serves smart, she could do a lot of damage to the top doubles teams.

vutt
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:44 PM
Again! :rolleyes:
I hope it will last longer than then it turned out this year earlier in february.

Libertango
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:47 PM
WOW. I wish Marti all the very best. I hope she puts her health and happiness first, but I really hope this is all true, and can't wait to see her back :)

alwayshingis
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:49 PM
Again! :rolleyes:
I hope it will last longer than then it turned out this year earlier in february.

This is all part of the same process. She tried last year to see if she could come back, and she found that she wasn't ready yet. She worked all year, played WTT, and is ready for another shot. This time she is much better prepared and I doubt would lose to Marlene again.

Infiniti2001
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:51 PM
Good for her-- Hopefully Venus will get the opportunity to even or better the head to head :p

lukehingis
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:54 PM
This piece of news really made my day! I'm sure any tournament will award her a Wildcard... She lost to marlene because she wasn't physically ready.. Knowing Martina (her pride and everything), she won't make such an announcement if she knew she wasn't ready. At the moment I don't see her posing a threat to the big 6 (2x williams, belgians, Maria, Lindsay) like she would at her peak, but in the future who knows... I think she could probably beat a player like Dechy, Jankovic or Likhovtseva who are top 20 players.

At least she'll probably be able to beat klara koukalova....

pierce0415
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:54 PM
CoryAnnAvants, what is the source for your article? vbmenu_register("postmenu_6757557", true);

JulesVerne
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:55 PM
I will believe it when it happens. :worship:

Will her body handle the full schedule and will she be able week after week to sustain the level required. She would want to be in the top ten at least.

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Darop.
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:59 PM
Great news, good luck to her :D

wally1
Nov 29th, 2005, 06:59 PM
Truly great news!!

Dawn Marie
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:00 PM
I get to see a Venus/ Hingis match again. :):)

lukehingis
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:01 PM
I get to see a Venus/ Hingis match again. :):)

me too! I'm martina will raise her game to face vee... and vee will do the same!

martina doesn't need to return to #1... the #1 player hasn't been winning slams.. Martina is too good to have just won 5 slams...

Ellery
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:02 PM
Martina :kiss:

felipe2004
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:06 PM
How cool, good luck in your comeback, Martina! ;)

AjdeNate!
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:10 PM
:bounce:

alwayshingis
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:10 PM
I actually really want to see Martina play against Amelie on clay. I think that could be a fun match!

HTE
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:11 PM
I really doubt that she'll come back full time, but I'm hopeful that she'll be able to play some selected single events and compete more extensively in doubles.

MisterQ
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:20 PM
So excited if this is true... :dance:

A crafty, consistent player with brilliant court sense (Hingis) playing against a phenomenal ball striker like much of today's Top Ten --- that will make for some great matches. :cool:

Bette_Midler
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:35 PM
According to Hingis's manager, she has planned a FULL schedule and this isn't a one-off.



Hingis Announces Comeback
http://www.sportsmediainc.net/tennisweek/Hingis05NickDagostino.jpg
Photo By Nick Dagostino By Richard Pagliaro
11/30/2005

Martina Hingis made history at the age of 16 years, 6 months when she became the youngest player to reach the world No. 1 ranking. Now, the 25-year-old Hingis is ready to write a comeback chapter to her career story. The five-time Grand Slam champion announced today she will return to professional tennis in 2006.


"I was never happy that my injuries cut my career short and ultimately forced my decision to step away from tennis," said Hingis in a statement released by Octagon, her management company. "I have enjoyed my time away from the court, a period that has allowed me to experience a different side of life. However, I miss the game and the challenge of competing at the highest level of tennis, and I want to gauge whether I can stay healthy and compete against today痴 top players."

The three-time Australian Open champion will launch her comeback in January in Australia where she has traditionally played her best tennis. Hingis reached six straight Australian Open finals prior to her retirement and posted a 44-5 career record in Melbourne.

Hingis has been training in Wollerau, Switzerland under the guidance of her mother and coach, Melanie Molitor. Her manager, Mario Widmer, told Tennis Week today Hingis is in the process of finalizing her schedule and deciding where she will officially launch her comeback.

"Octagon, (the) WTA and the (the) tournaments are working on that," Widmer said when asked where Hingis will make her 2006 debut. "She plans to play a full schedule in January and go from there."

It's possible Hingis could begin her comeback at the Tier II Sydney tournament, which begins January 9th. Hingis has had success in Sydney in the past, winning the event in 2001 and 2002, and would face top 20 opponents in Sydney.

The announcement comes two months after Hingis led the New York Sportimes to the World TeamTennis Championship. Hingis, who was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship weekend, did not lose one set in the Sportimes semifinal win over the Boston Lobsters or in New York's 21-18 championship match against defending champion Newport Beach. She accounted for 15 of the Sportimes・21 points in the championship, but as recently as September, Hingis told Tennis Week she had no plans for a full-fledged return to the WTA Tour.

The one-set format of World TeamTennis is worlds apart from the rigors of the WTA Tour, but it's quite conceivable Hingis used her WTT rookie season as a testing ground to see if her her surgically-repaired ankle could stand up to the challenge of match play. Hingis' injured ankle and her ongoing legal battle with former clothing and shoe sponsor Sergio Tacchini were two of the factors that kept her sidelined. Widmer told Tennis Week, Hingis has regained her health and settled the suit.

"Her foot is better," Widmer said. "The suit (with Tacchini) is settled."



At her best, Hingis showed the superb court sense and fine feel for the ball of a player intent on separating strands of felt from a tennis ball with each swing of her Yonex racquet. But watching Hingis struggle to combat the pace of harder-hitting opponents at the end of her career sometimes felt like seeing a woman trying to slow a sledgehammer with a feather duster. It's been six years since Hingis raised her final Grand Slam title trophy at the 1999 Australian Open and nearly three years since she won a tournament match, but her Sportimes mixed doubles partner, Hall of Famer John McEnroe, didn't feel the need to consult a calendar or the recent rankings in proclaiming Hingis would be a certain top 10 player if she returned to the WTA Tour.

"I haven't seen her play the last six months. But I would say if she came back tomorrow she'd be in the top 10. Tomorrow," McEnroe told Tennis Week. "Barring injury, without a doubt she'd be in the top 10. That's her decision. I don't know how healthy she is or if she feels she can pull it off for five or six matches in a week or whatever you need to do to win a tournament; that I don't know. I'd tell her to come back."

In her WTT appearances and recent interviews with Tennis Week, Hingis coyly danced around the comeback question with the same dexterity she showed in masterfully manipulating opponents to capture 40 career singles titles, 36 doubles titles and a total of 14 Grand Slam championships (five major singles titles and nine major doubles titles). Hingis is one of only five women players to have been ranked No 1 in singles and doubles at the same time (a feat she accomplished for 35 consecutive weeks from June 1998 - March 2000), and ranked third all-time on the career prize money list, behind only Hall of Famers Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. She compiled a 471-100 record in her career.

It has been a year of comebacks on the WTA Tour — Kim Clijsters returned from wrist surgery that cause her ranking to drop to No. 133 in March to claim her first career Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open; Venus Williams fought off a match point in the Wimbledon final against Lindsay Davenport to end a near four-year major title drought; and Mary Pierce, whose ranking plummeted to No. 295 in April of 2002, rebounded to reach the Roland Garros, U.S. Open and WTA Tour Championships finals and rise to No. 5 in the rankings at the age of 30 — but Hingis' attempted comeback may well be the biggest story of all.

Comeback questions have confronted Hingis since she retired at age 22. In an interview with Tennis Week in July, Hingis was asked if she would consider a Martina Navratilova-style comeback as a doubles specialist still capable of mastering majors. Hingis vetoed the idea, suggesting committing to a comeback would be an all or nothing proposition.

"Right (I could still be a doubles winner), but it's like either do the whole thing or nothing at all," Hingis said. "I would not just want to hang around as just a doubles player and just stick around for doubles. That is definitely going to be an option (for some players), but not for me. No."

In an era of baseline blasters, the Swiss stylist was fond of finesse and alternating spins and speeds of her shots. The contrast of the fast, flat flight path of the searing strikes from her powerful peers ・the Williams sisters, Lindsay Davenport, Monica Seles, Jennifer Capriati and Mary Pierce ・and the more measured movement of Hingis' lofty topspin strokes were as pronounced as comparisons of a transcontinental trip taken aboard the Concorde and a crop duster.

At five-foot-seven, 130 pounds, Hingis was overshadowed by bigger, stronger opponents, but used her greatest weapon ・her mind ・to compensate for the significant size disparity she often faced. Seles once said Hingis constructed points perhaps better than anyone she ever faced.

"(My mind) was very important because I wasn't the biggest or strongest so I had to have technique and tactics to be successful," Hingis told Tennis Week in a past interview. "For me, my mother was always the most important person in helping me. She taught me just every shot ・from the time I was a little kid she had me work on every shot. So that (the mental game) was easy because I would go on the court feeling comfortable and secure. I knew I could do it in practice so there was no reason not to be able to do it in the match. I was already pretty confident from the time I was young. My mother would take me to her club and I would play with the kids and even though I was one of the younger ones I always wanted to be one of the best. And I had success at a pretty young age. My personality is very loose in general and I never made big trouble out of big shots. When I would get to a match point, I knew I'd come that far so I knew I could do it (close out the match)."

Savvy, sassy and shrewd, Hingis was a creative, crafty player who countered power with precision. She had the audacity to drop shot off opponent's second serves and the ability to make such shots work.

Critics cast her as a persistent pusher who exploited the void at the top of tennis near the end of Steffi Graf's reign and prior to the Williams sisters rise to supremacy. But rivals recognized her as an astute, analytical player who overcame her soft serve with commanding court sense, sound shot selection and the willingness to work multiple game plans during the course of a single match. Her mother and coach, Melanie Molitor, named Hingis after Martina Navratilova and as recently as the start of the 2002 season, Navratilova asserted if you took away the serve and started the rallies at neutral, Hingis was still the best player in the world.

An avid tennis fan, who continues to scout potential opponents and follow tournament results both on television and on the Internet, Hingis herself seemed unsure if her surgically-repaired left ankle and soft second serve could withstand the rigors of today's hard-hitting opponents in her last interview with Tennis Week. She conceded the thought of a comeback had crossed her mind.

"This format really suits me, but if I had to play two out of three sets that's a different story," Hingis told Tennis Week. "But playing five games singles doubles mixed is perfectly suited for me. Of course it's tempting when you win 5-0, 5-1 matches, but you never know what would happen after that. I've just tried to improve as the matches go on and I feel like I'm getting better and better and more comfortable on the court. I'm really enjoying it so we'll see what happens."

McEnroe's last noteworthy mixed doubles partner prior to his pairing with Hingis last summer ・former Queen's neighbor and sometime broadcast partner Mary Carillo ・teamed with McEnroe to win the French Open mixed doubles title. The ESPN analyst believes Hingis would struggle to combat the power of today's top 10 players.

"I think Lendl was the first guy who started knocking the racquet out of John's hands. All that power and all that relentless aggression from Lendl got to John in the same way that Serena got to Hingis," Carillo told Tennis Week. "I think Hingis played more like John than anyone I'd ever seen. I think for all the same reasons she went away because of all that."

In her WTT comeback, Hingis played with the fearless feel of a blind pickpocket. Both bold, outspoken Grand Slam champions combated power with creative court sense, flair for finesse and an expanded comfort zone from every possible position on court. McEnroe said their similarities start with their hands.

"Hingis is a great player. She's got great feel," McEnroe said. "She plays the game the way I play it ・with great feel ・we don't overpower people, but we get the job done. She's not a big person, but she's got great hands."

It was her superior sense of feel that helped Hingis ascend to the top 10 as a teenager. She began playing tennis at the age of two and turned pro at the age of 14. In 1997, Hingis defeated Pierce in the Australian Open final to become the youngest Grand Slam singles champion of the 20th century at the age of 16 years, three months. She would rise to the top of tennis three months later to become the youngest No. 1 at 16 years, six months and one day.

Hingis reigned as the world's top-ranked player for 209 weeks, winning five Grand Slam singles championships in 12 major finals, capturing nine Grand Slam doubles titles with six different partners and reaching at least the final four in 19 of her last 23 majors. But injury-induced inactivity sidelined her for much of the final year and a half of her career.

In her prime, some opponents and fans interpreted the smile as a smug smirk of superiority from a teenager who could make the game look as easy as child's play. But the truth is, Hingis held a child-like genuine joy for the game and always seemed to remember what some of her peers sometimes looked like they long forgot: that tennis is a game and games are played for fun.

Once it stopped becoming fun and once her recurring injuries made the hours of practice a painful prospect, Hingis announced her retirement. It was probably the right time to leave. At her best, she was tennis' top problem solver. But by the time Jennifer Capriati fought off four championship points to rally from a 4-6, 0-4 deficit and register a 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 triumph over Hingis in the 2002 Australian Open final, the sight of a weary Hingis hanging her head over the court-side clock was truly symbolic: the Swiss was running of time and solutions. Capriati had handed Hingis her fifth straight Slam final defeat. The player who always seemed one step ahead of the game stepped out of the sport a year later.

On May 20th, 2002, Hingis underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in her left ankle. It was her second surgery in a year. She returned to tournament tennis in the summer of 2002, but later admitted she rushed back too quickly. On October 11th, 2002, Hingis announced she was taking an indefinite leave from tennis after a series of disappointing defeats, including a first-round loss to the then 109th-ranked Nadia Petrova at the Kremlin Cup. She announced her official retirement in February of 2003.

Hingis' press conferences could sometimes be almost as entertaining as her matches. She is fluent in three languages (German, French, English), but never learned the phrase "no comment" in any of them. If you had questions, Hingis had answers and wasn't afraid of sharing them.

"What people don't always realize about Martina is she has a good sense of humor," Lindsay Davenport once said of Hingis. "Things she says about other people she says about herself too. She makes fun of herself a lot. I've always gotten along well with her."

But how will Hingis compensate for the significant size and strength disadvantage she will face against top opponents in her return to tennis? Hingis' serve, the weakest link in an otherwise sound game, was persistently punished by Davenport, the Williams sisters, Capriati and other top opponents in her final year on tour. A skilled volleyer, Hingis was reduced to the role of retriever by several top ranked opponents in her final full season of play. It will be intriguing to see how she addresses the vulnerable areas of her game in her comeback.

"I always had that anticipation and tried to be aware of everything that could happen," Hingis told Tennis Week. "I had a lot of desire to play well and do well; I wanted to be one of the best players out there and I liked to play so that was part of it. And as I was saying earlier, I think the fact that my mom taught me all the shots when I was a kid, I could go on the court feeling like I could hit all the shots and then it's fun to put them together and figure out ways to win. My style was about anticipation and technique and tactics and so I was a little different than the power players you see in the top 10 even in my last year on the Tour."


thanks for the info :D

shap_half
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:39 PM
OMG I would be incredibly incredibly happy if Martina were to come back!!!

LeRoy.
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:40 PM
:bounce:


"......a full schedule in January and then see " doesn't mean she is playing all year long right ? :confused:

LefandePatty
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:41 PM
''Il semble acquis qu'elle disputera un ou 2 tournois de préparation avant l'Open d'australie le 16 janvier''

That means she will play one or 2 tournaments in January, and then playing the Autralian Open !!!!!!

THAT'S AWESOME !!! :bowdown: :banana:

Lady
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:42 PM
I was so shocked when I saw the news on ES2!

Hopefully it'll happen! Yay! Just fabulous! :bounce:

Spunky83
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:42 PM
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG

This is just great....very cool news...wow!

Spunky83
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:46 PM
I am SHOCKED (in a good way)...finally something good happens...hehe

tennisjam
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:50 PM
This is simply huge :bounce:

Drake1980
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:53 PM
OMG, please let it be true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jamatthews
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:55 PM
This is great for those of us who got into tennis post-Hingis...

WhatTheDeuce
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:55 PM
OMGGGGGGGGG... Martina!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

This is incredible news. :hearts:

yukon145
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:58 PM
great news, bring back Anna with you!

PatM04
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:58 PM
WOOHOO Martina...it will be great to see her back:)

sioul
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:01 PM
OOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG GGG




:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:


I LOVE YOU MARTINAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

korben
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:01 PM
:speakles::woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

Great news :D

lizchris
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:01 PM
Good to see Martina back.


It is true because ESPN is reporting the comback story.

Andrew..
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:02 PM
I'm SO excited about this. I literally started shaking when I read the news. I thought she might be thinking about it when I saw her kill Navratilova in WTT this summer, but I didn't think it would actually happen so soon. With hard work and determination, there's no reason for Marti not to be top ten.

Martina :banana: :banana:

Spunky83
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:03 PM
This is great for those of us who got into tennis post-Hingis...

hopefully you won´t be disappointed. In case she plays like she did on her peak, you´ll going to see how smart tennis can be.

RAA
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:05 PM
I don't even know what to say about this?!!!!!!!!

wow, I really never thought i would see the day.
but I'm very glad. i have missed her style on the court. she will be a nice counterpoint to most of the tour.

Jose-Luis
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:05 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek: Martina please come back. :cool:

Davenselesport
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:05 PM
There's no way she would make such a bold statement if she wasn't planning on returning... I had given up hope for sure, but now I'm soo happy she's coming back!!
Someone PLEASE post her schedule when its realeased!!!

:bounce:

Dinkie
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:08 PM
great news, bring back Anna with you!


Oh yes please!!!!!!! Bring it on, Anna and Martina H.!! :worship:

Absolutely wonderful news, Martina can show the new tennis fans how the game should be played. Just confirmed on Eurosport and CNN sportsnews.
:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

Craigy
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:08 PM
:speakles: That's great! Hope she does ok.

Spunky83
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:08 PM
Still can´t believe it! When I read the thread-title, my first reaction was: "Am I dreamin?" and then "A fake thread again",...now it still feels like a dream.

leviathane
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:08 PM
great news

Go go Martina

IAM#1
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:12 PM
I have read 8 different articles so it seems that she is really coming back but one article i said wont be until the middle of the season but she has been practicing.. Wow if she returns to playing a high level, the Williamses', Capriaiti, Pierce, Davenport, Russians, Beligians, I knew 2006 was going to be a GREAT SEASON!!!!

tennisjay
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:13 PM
I think this would be a huge mistake on her part. Jordan made that mistake and looks what happen to him, it just made him look washed up and didn’t do anything for his image. Personally I enjoy watching Martina H play, but Martina H came at the right time when the WS didn’t have the experience and the other top players were getting to old plus back then women tennis players weren’t as athletic as they are today. Even Lindsay and Maria have become better movers on the court and can track down balls better. Martina H will have to work extremely hard on court just to win an opening round against a player like Marlene Weingartner so just imagine what will happen when she plays a top ranked player.

Farina Elia Fan
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:19 PM
:) :) :) This Is Great News!!!!

napki
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:20 PM
I didn't dream to see Martina on court again. This is fantastic news!

Best of luck! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Steve-o
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:22 PM
This is brilliant, one of my favs is coming back. :woohoo: :yippee: :dance:

Martina :worship:

franny
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:23 PM
Omg Omg Omg Omg. I don't want to get all excited and then have my happiness dashed! But if she is coming back in January, then OMG!! My queen is back!!!!!!!!!!!!! My queen is back!!!! Martina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andrew..
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:27 PM
The story is now featured under top news stories on the homepage of Yahoo.

Dinkie
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:29 PM
I think this would be a huge mistake on her part. Jordan made that mistake and looks what happen to him, it just made him look washed up and didn’t do anything for his image.

He wasn't motivated by the game, he was motivated by money.

Personally I enjoy watching Martina H play, but Martina H came at the right time when the WS didn’t have the experience and the other top players were getting to old plus back then women tennis players weren’t as athletic as they are today..

Sour grapes, I know it's your opinion but I think you should look at the stats. To even suggest that she reached the top due to the others being weak or old is so unfair and very untrue. She beat Capriati, Graf, Majoli, Seles, Pierce, Novotna, Sanchez-Vicario, Davenport, Coetzer, Martinez, Huber etc. in those days. She was the best and most clever player.

Even Lindsay and Maria have become better movers on the court and can track down balls better. Martina H will have to work extremely hard on court just to win an opening round against a player like Marlene Weingartner so just imagine what will happen when she plays a top ranked player.

Wrong example: against Marlene Weingartner (February 2005) Hingis couldn't follow after one and a half set because she missed the physical condition to play three sets. From people who now these kind of things I heard Hingis trained her buts off in Saddlebrook in May, June and July this year to get ready for WTT. She won all her matches, voted MVP 2005. She will be ready, although getting match rhythm will take some time.

badunka
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:29 PM
Holy wow!! haha but seriously this is the biggest news for the tennis world in so long! I am so excited and am truly happy for her to come back!

K.U.C.W-R.V
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:29 PM
Excellent news, just what the WTA needed. May have to put her back on my sig now.

Just hope that she doesnt get discouraged if she loses a couple of matches.

Duramont
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:42 PM
:eek: :bolt:

OMG Martina Hingis will be back! :banana: :rocker:

SilK
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:42 PM
Please put the article in the Hingis thread and delete the thread.

Please shut the fuck up. Who made you moderator? :retard:

ampers&
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:44 PM
:bigclap: :yippee:
i hope she plays well...more Williams vs. Hingis matches :drool: :worship:
i wonder how fired up Serena and Venus are about this...:devil:

propi
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:44 PM
That's the tennis new of the year :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
Vamos Martina!!! Kick some asses and win a bunch of GS :worship:

Sam L
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:44 PM
This is the real second coming of the Messiah! :hallejah: : prays :

hingis-seles
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:44 PM
I'm still in shock. :hearts:

M&M
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:44 PM
yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!! great news!!!! just read it in the teletext :D i am so happy!!!!

good luck martina!!!!

i am so lookin' forward to the new season now!!! :)

thats a great christmas present :)

Alicia Rocks
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:45 PM
omg best news
comeback strong martina :worship:

lynch79
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:45 PM
It's WONDERFUL!!!! I'm just TOO happy. FORZA MARTINA!

..ikke..
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:46 PM
:woohoo:
Really want to see a Misa-Hingis match next year :D

:Rawwb:
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:46 PM
Please put the article in the Hingis thread and delete the thread.

Youre even more :retard:ed then penglover and win put together

Pureracket
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:46 PM
Ok. . .umm. . .why isn't this thread going beserk with this news!?!?!!?

ampers&
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:47 PM
Ok. . .umm. . .why isn't this thread going beserk with this news!?!?!!?
because of this: http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=206065

:Rawwb:
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:47 PM
Ok. . .umm. . .why isn't this thread going beserk with this news!?!?!!?

because there are lots of others posted a couple of hours ago

Blonde_Ambition7
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:48 PM
wow this is crazy! i've never seen her play so it's exciting for me.

Pureracket
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:49 PM
because of this: http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=206065LOL! Thanks

Stamp Paid
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:49 PM
wow this is crazy! i've never seen her play so it's exciting for me.

The only full match I saw live was against Seles at the USO in 2002, and that wasn't really Martina. Im rerally excited about this!!!!!!

:bigclap::yippee::yippee::yippee::yippee:

nikita771
Nov 29th, 2005, 08:53 PM
I just saw this on Yahoo! I'm pretty anxious to see how her comeback is going to fit in with the rest of women's tennis. It'll be interesting to see how she does, especially since the power game is so prevalent. She always had the skill, but not alot of power. Even though I've never been a huge fan, I'm glad that she's coming back and am looking forward to 2006.

jenny161185
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:00 PM
OMG Im in shock thought this was the usual crap and then i read the statement just turned on teletext and its the headline news!!!!! My two favourite players Jennifer and Martina returning! someone please wake me up! When Venus won her fifth slam I was laughing saying Martina will come back cos she'll want to have more than Venus! We'll see!

tennisboi
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:01 PM
Heard the news an hour ago and I'm chuffed to bits, its great news! Martina was a great player and a great personality on tour, hopefully she can return to her former glory. I'm thrilled for her real fans who must have missed her so much.

new-york
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:02 PM
:bigclap: :yippee:
i hope she plays well...more Williams vs. Hingis matches :drool: :worship:
i wonder how fired up Serena and Venus are about this...:devil:

9-10 to 11-10 :devil:

jenny161185
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:02 PM
wooohoo!

Hayato
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:02 PM
wonderful :D Happy for her and her fans :)

maxomax
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:03 PM
YEah!! Do you know what will be her first tournament?

thelittlestelf
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:06 PM
This is some of the best news... ever.

GOOD LUCK MARTINA! :hearts: :woohoo: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

frenchie
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:07 PM
Great great news!!!
That's a good thing for tennis! Is she going to play challengers first? Because she has no ranking. I'm sure she'll receive plenty of WC!

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:09 PM
If that last article CoryAnnAvants#1 posted is correct, then I guess it's not misleading :banana:

But the Yahoo article doesn't state she is actually staging a comeback.

:worship:

CondiLicious
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:09 PM
I hoped she'd return but I never seriously thought she would! This is great! :bounce: I can't wait!!! :hearts:

~MaRt~HiNgIs~F@N
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:09 PM
Omgggggggggggggggggg I'm Sooooo Happyyyyyyyyyyyyyy??????

frenchie
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:13 PM
I'm very happy for all the Hingis fans at the moment!
I can't imagine how they must feel now!

Now I want AnnaK back on court, please

kosmikgroove
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:13 PM
this is fantastic!

leinink
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:13 PM
Not that Jordan needs to be defended by anyone, esp. in front of this audience, but he won championships when he came back, and he didn't need the $, he needed the competition.


He wasn't motivated by the game, he was motivated by money.



Sour grapes, I know it's your opinion but I think you should look at the stats. To even suggest that she reached the top due to the others being weak or old is so unfair and very untrue. She beat Capriati, Graf, Majoli, Seles, Pierce, Novotna, Sanchez-Vicario, Davenport, Coetzer, Martinez, Huber etc. in those days. She was the best and most clever player.



Wrong example: against Marlene Weingartner (February 2005) Hingis couldn't follow after one and a half set because she missed the physical condition to play three sets. From people who now these kind of things I heard Hingis trained her buts off in Saddlebrook in May, June and July this year to get ready for WTT. She won all her matches, voted MVP 2005. She will be ready, although getting match rhythm will take some time.

hablo
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:14 PM
that is fantastique news :woohoo:

Robbie.
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:16 PM
Holy fuck, this news is just the best. I think I'm going to have to put my Martian hat back on, it's been in the closet for a while :banana:

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:17 PM
USTA.COM has also announced this :worship: ITS OFFICIAL!!!!! :lol: :bounce:

willrock
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:18 PM
OMG i can't believe it! :eek:
I can't wait 2006! :lick:

hablo
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:21 PM
I actually really want to see Martina play against Amelie on clay. I think that could be a fun match!
ditto :D
this time with Momo winning :bounce:

saniafan2005
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:21 PM
its great news!!!!

Robbie.
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:22 PM
ditto :D
this time with Momo winning :bounce:

Momo did win the last two against Martina on clay ;)

santhuruu
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:24 PM
I think that Hingis will never get back in her old form. The Williams sisters might have the chance to double bagel her. But we will see what happens. I would also not be surprised if Hingis would win titles again. But hopefully the Williams sisters will not lose against Hingis:lol: :p

hablo
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:26 PM
Momo did win the last two against Martina on clay ;)
yes, but was it at RG ?? :p;)

drivevolley
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:27 PM
:D :D :D :D aw i was sooo happy wen i saw it on the teletext :D :D :D :D cant wait 4 next season now!!!!!

Robbie.
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:30 PM
yes, but was it at RG ?? :p;)

I don't think Momo will ever win a big match at RG though :scared:

fammmmedspin
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:31 PM
well I want to post it here this is like for everyone not only hingis fans.....and many posters do not go to hingi's forum now.....

Its the biggest news in tennis since Hingis retired and until Serena announces she is going, so it would be plainly bizarre if it wasn't in general messages.

santhuruu
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:34 PM
Yeah, well I wouldn't get so excited as you guys are now, I think it will be very tough for Hingis to compete again at her highest level. Could you imagine that if she plays against one of the Williams, that she might get double bagelled. I think it will be extremely tough for Hingis to come back. What is actually her next tournament?

Well we will see what happens in the future. And if I'm wrong you can all laugh at me!:p

Davenselesport
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:34 PM
This story is on the first page of every news and sports site...

let me just get this out:


YESSSS YEAEAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :) :worship:

Davenselesport
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:36 PM
HOW WEIRD IS IT THAT A DAY AFTER I CHANGED MY AVATAR TO MISS MARTINA HINGIS SHE ANNOUNCES HER COMEBACK??

I could take requests if you are missing anyone else ;)

No Name Face
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:38 PM
i feel bad for the seed who draws her in the early on in the AO :unsure: :scared:

yukon145
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:38 PM
is it January yet?!!? Jenn and Martina back, i cant wait!

fammmmedspin
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:40 PM
I think that Hingis will never get back in her old form. The Williams sisters might have the chance to double bagel her. But we will see what happens. I would also not be surprised if Hingis would win titles again. But hopefully the Williams sisters will not lose against Hingis:lol: :p

Did you see the standard of the YEC? Hingis or Capriati at their 2000 level would have romped home. I don't know why you think the William's sisters would be a problem - they havn't been a problem for most of the top players except in two GS runs for a whole year. If i was a betting Hingis, I might think its more likely they won't come back to their past form consistently and i might fancy my chances against the rest whilst Kim and Justine still have questions over them, Jen isn't there, Maria is growing and Momo and Lindsay still have their mental meltdowns.

alwayshingis
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:41 PM
Yeah, well I wouldn't get so excited as you guys are now, I think it will be very tough for Hingis to compete again at her highest level. Could you imagine that if she plays against one of the Williams, that she might get double bagelled. I think it will be extremely tough for Hingis to come back. What is actually her next tournament?

Well we will see what happens in the future. And if I'm wrong you can all laugh at me!:p

Venus and Serena won't be her biggest competition when she comes back in early 2006. I'll be worried about how she fares against the top players.

améliemomo
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:42 PM
I actually really want to see Martina play against Amelie on clay. I think that could be a fun match!

yes with an amélie victory of course.

She has some revenge to get though,good luck to hingis.

dinhd82
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:42 PM
Omg Omg Omg Omg Omg Omg!!!!!!!!!!

matthieu_tennis
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:44 PM
omg thats amazing i know one day she would be back ;)

crazyroberto6767
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:45 PM
Omg Omg Omg Omg Omg Omg!!!!!!!!!!
My thoughts exactly! I had a pretty crappy day at school, but this makes up for it COMPLETELY! Just to see her give it another shot is AMAZING :bounce: This is the happiest I've been about tennis news for a long, long time. So happy :D Now I'm going to be so torn in some matches now, especially with the WS, but I just want to see Marti back and happy :).

blumaroo
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:45 PM
So she is playing a full schedule in January? That would include Australian open for sure right?
She should play Gold coast or something. I can't wait!

dinhd82
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:46 PM
Omg Omg Omg Omg Omg!!!

hablo
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:47 PM
I don't think Momo will ever win a big match at RG though :scared:
think positive :p
that's all we can do :lol:

santhuruu
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:47 PM
Did you see the standard of the YEC? Hingis or Capriati at their 2000 level would have romped home. I don't know why you think the William's sisters would be a problem - they havn't been a problem for most of the top players except in two GS runs for a whole year. If i was a betting Hingis, I might think its more likely they won't come back to their past form consistently and i might fancy my chances against the rest whilst Kim and Justine still have questions over them, Jen isn't there, Maria is growing and Momo and Lindsay still have their mental meltdowns.


We will see, we will see ;)

dinhd82
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:49 PM
I'm not expecting anything, i just want to see her play!! I love her game!!!!!!!!!!

mp3junkie
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:50 PM
I'm actually very happy and excited about this. I hope she does well in her comback.

Dinkie
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:50 PM
well I want to post it here this is like for everyone not only hingis fans.....and many posters do not go to hingi's forum now.....

Read my dear, I said please post the article in the Hingis THREAD and not Forum, there were already three threads on her when you posted yours.

marmite1
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:51 PM
think positive :p
that's all we can do :lol:

Indeed :D

Im not sure what to think of Hingis coming back. I was a little bit of a fan of hers when she was around before; however, I dont think she could ever replace momo as my absolute favourite :worship: Long live amelie! Take your revenge :lol: :tape:

daniela86
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:54 PM
I am too shocked to post anything :eek: :eek: It's sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oo woooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnndeeee eeeeeerrrrrrrrrrfuuuuuuulllllll!! :yippee: :yippee: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty: :aparty:
Martina will always be my favourite player so I can't wait to see her play again and cheer for her very loudly:) :D :bounce: :bounce:

dinhd82
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:00 PM
this made my year, early christmas gift!! i'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tennisjay
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:01 PM
Wrong example: against Marlene Weingartner (February 2005) Hingis couldn't follow after one and a half set because she missed the physical condition to play three sets. From people who now these kind of things I heard Hingis trained her buts off in Saddlebrook in May, June and July this year to get ready for WTT. She won all her matches, voted MVP 2005. She will be ready, although getting match rhythm will take some time.


The WTT is different from the WTA. The WTT is for players who can’t continue to play at a higher standard to compete on the WTA circuit. That’s why Martina did so well. I don’t think her style of game will stand up to today’s circuit.

JennyS
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:02 PM
I just saw the news on ESPN news. This is great for women's tennis and great for Jen too, if you know what I mean, wink wink.

:Rawwb:
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:06 PM
Read my dear, I said please post the article in the Hingis THREAD and not Forum, there were already three threads on her when you posted yours.

Why dont you go back to your boring little cave? This is good news and Lost GLory can post wherever they want, they dont have to do anything you say you moron

dinhd82
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:07 PM
u guys stop fighting!! Hellooo, Hingis is back, that is a sign of the apocalypse!!!

Stamp Paid
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:13 PM
Venus and Serena won't be her biggest competition when she comes back in early 2006. I'll be worried about how she fares against the top players.

LMAO Damn. Such little respect you show for the greatest players of the 21st century.

Dinkie
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:14 PM
Why dont you go back to your boring little cave? This is good news and Lost GLory can post wherever they want, they dont have to do anything you say you moron

Children, children, behave. And LostGlory is a 'they'? How weird, or is it just your lack of skills (and manners)? People just want to start threads I suppose, even if there are already hundreds with the same subject, all so vain, you probably think this post is about you as well.

:Rawwb:
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:16 PM
Children, children, behave. And LostGlory is a 'they'? How weird, or is it just your lack of skills (and manners)? People just want to start threads I suppose, even if there are already hundreds with the same subject, all so vain, you probably think this post is about you as well.

:haha:

Knizzle
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:20 PM
OMG!!! HINGIS!!! This is like a dream. I TOLD everyone she could comeback if she really wanted and that her feet weren't stopping her. Martina :worship: :hearts: Here's to meeting Serena or Venus 1r at the AO. :devil:

patricktav2003
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:21 PM
one of the best news !!!!!!!!!:banana:

Sandra.P
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:24 PM
WOW, this is just WOW! I'm speechless :eek:

This would be awesome, Martina used to be my favorite active player, I was so sad when she retired...

I REALLY hope this news is true!!!

Bette_Midler
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:25 PM
Hingis: I'm Back

Fans of former world No.1 Martina Hingis are celebrating her plans to return to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour in 2006. The 'Swiss Miss', who held the top ranking in singles for 209 weeks and amassed more than $18 million in prize money, was forced off the Tour in 2002 due to foot injuries.

Hingis won 40 singles and 36 doubles titles between 1995 and 2002, and is one of only five players to have been ranked No.1 in singles and doubles at the same time

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:


Full Story (http://www.wtatour.com/newsroom/stories/NewsArticle_8437_rx.asp)

http://www.wtatour.com/global/photos/150x200/80301.jpg

:wavey:

Martina (http://www.wtatour.com/players/playerprofiles/PlayerBio.asp?ID=&EntityID=1&CustomerID=0&OrderID=0&ReturnURL=/&PlayerID=80301)

Rocketta
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:27 PM
good news for Martina and her fans.....also good news for wtaworld....as there is actual tennis news to talk about. :p

Dinkie
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:27 PM
The WTT is different from the WTA. The WTT is for players who can’t continue to play at a higher standard to compete on the WTA circuit. That’s why Martina did so well. I don’t think her style of game will stand up to today’s circuit.

Oh, you mean that's why Vaidisova, Bondarenko and Sharapova were competing this year on WTT?

beauty_is_pink
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:40 PM
eeeeeeeeeek!

:bounce: :woohoo:

Andy.
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:42 PM
This is the best news we have had in a long time i cant wait to see her back 2006 is going to be awesome

tennisjay
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:44 PM
Oh, you mean that's why Vaidisova, Bondarenko and Sharapova were competing this year on WTT?


I don't even know who the first two are, but Sharapova was the exception.

watrat
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:46 PM
woooohoooooo!!!

Go, Martina, Martina.

The news made my day. Hardly wait to see her in action.

Nemesis
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:51 PM
:D Great news. I doubt she'll be able to keep up with teh current top, but she just retired way too soon.

F-R-E-A-K
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:51 PM
This is the best news we have had in a long time i cant wait to see her back 2006 is going to be awesome

Exactly Right. :bounce:

Go Martina!


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Dinkie
Nov 29th, 2005, 10:57 PM
I don't even know who the first two are, but Sharapova was the exception.

Vaidisova is number 15 on WTA ranking.
Have you ever seen Hingis play in say, 1997, 1998 or in 2000? No-one played like her, she can't have forgotten how to play like that. It will probably take some time but she will hurt some players very bad.

F-R-E-A-K
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:02 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:



GO MARTINA


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pcrtennis
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:05 PM
I couldn't stand Hingis when she played but I have been hoping for her to come back and I will cheer for her now!!! This is SOOOOOO exciting! Glad she's decided to come back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andy.
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:05 PM
Best news ever we needed her back now the womens tour has a huge boost

DragonFlame
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:09 PM
:eek: HELL YEAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YYYESSSSSSSSSSS :bounce: :worship: :D OMG i'm so damn happy! 2006, THE year for woman's tennis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!

TonyP
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:13 PM
The best news this sport has had in a long, long time. Win or lose, Martina brings a dimension to tennis that simply vanished when she quit in 2002. Tennis just hasn't had the same flare since.

Let's all welcome her back.

IceHock
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:14 PM
if there is no injuries next year the tour is gunna be stacked with hingis and dokic comin back just think what would happen if tomorrow seles decided to return!!!!!

R. Federer
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:15 PM
I Cannot Wait, OMG!!!!

lukehingis
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:15 PM
LMAO Damn. Such little respect you show for the greatest players of the 21st century.

I for one really hope Hingis can regain her old form and have great matches with the sisters... that'll be great for tennis... she'll lose some and hopefully win some.. perhaps if Hingis starts to do well and return to top form, Venus might also regain her form of 2000-2001...

CCCP1
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:17 PM
This is so kool. Lets hope she plays the Aussie Open

joaco
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:17 PM
This is so fucking AMAZINGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hearts:

Derek.
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:18 PM
Martina!!!!!!!!! :worship:

Spunky83
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:19 PM
I start to get the suspicion that the WTAworld-team made this story up and started the greatest global hoax yet to date (along with the Loch Ness-duck) in order to bring back some life to the board during the annual winter depression.

Knizzle
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:23 PM
I start to get the suspicion that the WTAworld-team made this story up and started the greatest global hoax yet to date (along with the Loch Ness-duck) in order to bring back some life to the board during the annual winter depression.

:haha:

Robbie.
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:33 PM
think positive :p
that's all we can do :lol:

Yes, we must. Momo really should have an Rg title by now :rolleyes:

But then again, so should Marti :tape:

Sabazius
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:33 PM
OMG yay..waking up to this news had been fantastic :bounce:

Spunky83
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:34 PM
Calimero must be very upset about this... :lol:

DragonFlame
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:36 PM
Calimero must be very upset about this... :lol:

i would like to see his face after reading this news :lol: :tape: but he's still banned isn't he?, so he can't post ;)

hablo
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:42 PM
Calimero must be very upset about this... :lol:
:lol:

i would like to see his face after reading this news :lol::tape: but he's still banned isn't he?, so he can't post ;)
he's banned ? :eek:
why?? :D

Sharapova's_Boy
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:44 PM
Wow, this is just amazing. :worship:

Regardless of her results, it'd be fantastic just to see Martina playing again. :hearts:

DragonFlame
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:48 PM
he's banned ? :eek:
why?? :D

i think it was because of his annoying arguments between him and tennis_aus ( the cali of the selesfans lately ;) ) so they both got banned because people got annoyed by it :lol:

JulesVerne
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:48 PM
I actually really want to see Martina play against Amelie on clay. I think that could be a fun match!

If they played the French Open final I could only see Martina winning. There is one thing I am certain; Martina is mentally stronger than Amelie.

Dana Marcy
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:48 PM
I will be happy to have Hingis back on the tour. I'm just not convinced by any of the articles that y'all posted. It does sound like writers were doing some wishful thinking or at least making news that really wasn't news to begin with.

Scotso
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:49 PM
:yeah:

hablo
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:51 PM
I will be happy to have Hingis back on the tour. I'm just not convinced by any of the articles that y'all posted. It does sound like writers were doing some wishful thinking or at least making news that really wasn't news to begin with.
there's an article on the wtatour official site as well :p:bounce:

ampers&
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:52 PM
wow...everyone's so happy. :awww:
how about we have one huge "Welcome Back Martina!!!!" orgy? :hehehe: :devil:

DragonFlame
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:52 PM
I will be happy to have Hingis back on the tour. I'm just not convinced by any of the articles that y'all posted. It does sound like writers were doing some wishful thinking or at least making news that really wasn't news to begin with.

wtatour.com itself posted she's back! ;) it's the headline! :D www.wtatour.com :worship: :bounce:

hablo
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:52 PM
i think it was because of his annoying arguments between him and tennis_aus ( the cali of the selesfans lately ;) ) so they both got banned because people got annoyed by it :lol:
I see!! :lol:
thanks for answering my question :yeah:

DragonFlame
Nov 29th, 2005, 11:54 PM
I see!! :lol:
thanks for answering my question :yeah:

no problem:yeah: it's been a few weeks since i've been in a good tennismood! :D :bounce: nice way to go to sleep :)

Bette_Midler
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:17 AM
wow...everyone's so happy. :awww:
how about we have one huge "Welcome Back Martina!!!!" orgy? :hehehe: :devil:

hmm...I wonder how Amélie is feeling about the return of Hingis to the tour? :devil: :angel:

Doris Loeffel
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:18 AM
Wow the anouncement of Martina coming back must really have been the biggest news of the day!!

I really wish her all the best for her comeback she for sure was missed. And I'm convinced she worked hard on her fitness and her serve (those were/are the two weakest links of her)

Guess we will know more about the whole comeback story by Saturday. According to Swiss TV she wasn't around for an interview. But she will give a media statement on Saturday - so yes I really believe she's coming back which is really great for tennis!!

Good luck Martina!!

Elisse
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:25 AM
Originally Posted by Miching~Mallecho
how about we have one huge "Welcome Back Martina!!!!" orgy? :hehehe: :devil:

hmm...I wonder how Amélie is feeling about the return of Hingis to the tour? :devil: :angel:


hahahahahhaha :lol:

Somehow, I have a feeling Amelie wont be attending the 'Welcome Back Hingis' orgy! hahahahhaa :p :devil:

venus_rulez
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:33 AM
It'll be interesting to see what comes of this, but hopefully this finally makes clear that Hingis' ego was the part of her that was really injured all along.

GogoGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:39 AM
Hey All,

Very exciting news - indeed. I mentioned a year or so ago - that I thought Martina could still compete. I mentioned watching that match in Miami between she and Lindsay, earlier this year - where Lindsay had beaten her - what was it, six or seven straight times? Martina won that match in two? Was that also the tourney where - she beat Monica 6-0/6-0? Although Monica was already having problems w/her foot - and court coverage.

All players peak - and when Serena got the upper hand over Martina, Serena was peaking out of this world - although - during that rise - Martina beat her in three at the Oz in 2000 wasn't it? After that - Serena really rose. Venus had her moments w/Martina, but towards the end of Martina's playing - she was meeting Serena more than Venus. Daneila played the match of her life in IW, and was painting the backhand down the lines. Few could have hung tough w/Dani that day.

I mean - hopefully most of us agree - that on any given day - a player might be on it better than their opponent, and that goes for all of the top players, and whether they are all about the power - or mix it up. Power hitting is the goal for most up and coming now - yet placement and anticipation still have a place in the sport. Martina was grand in those areas, and she also could throw in some 'Power Shots' in her mix - every now and then.

We shall see - what we shall see - but mannnnnnnnnnnnnn - won't it be thrilling to see her name in the draw once again? Just grand stuff.

Has anyone posted her head-to-head against the top twenty as of yet? For instance - what was her and Mary's tally?

I do declare!

Btw - I heard that Sol was now dating Elle McPhearson (sp?)


"I KNEW YOU COULD COME ON BACK MARTINA" "I FELT IT IN MY BONES" "SHOW US WHAT YOU CAN DO" "ALREADY - YOU ARE THE MOST INSPIRING STORY FOR THE NEW AND LORD'S YEAR - 2006" "YOU GO GIRL"

Dana Marcy
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:44 AM
wtatour.com itself posted she's back! ;) it's the headline! :D www.wtatour.com :worship: :bounce:

Thank you but nowhere in the article does MARTINA SAY I'm coming back. :confused:

GogoGirl
Nov 30th, 2005, 12:46 AM
All,


http://news.google.com/news?q=tennis+news&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&tab=nn&scoring=d

sebbe
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:10 AM
This is awsome, I hope she can make a better return then last year. I've missed hingis so much!!!

K-Dog
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:14 AM
Hopefully Venus and Martina can play some so Venus can either tie up or get a h2h lead on Martina.

~ The Leopard ~
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:17 AM
What griffin said on page two, or wherever it was.

hotandspicey
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:18 AM
Let the games begin!!! :banana: :bounce: Go Martina! 2006 is going to be real interesting! :yeah:

marmite1
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:30 AM
I would quite like to see amelie beat martina :)

Hachiko
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:33 AM
Martina! I couldn't be happier right now. :yeah:.

SpikeyAidanm
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:39 AM
Yes, I love Hingis, wow great news :D

martinafan
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:41 AM
OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!

When i saw this i was shocked!

My heart is beating SOOOOO fast now! LOL

I hope she can come back to her best, i'm skeptical that she will, but just to see Martina play again will be AWESOME!!!!

Hope she comes to Sydney - i'm going to go every day now! LOL!

vettipooh
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:50 AM
She's baaaack!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: