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saphir1
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:22 PM
article to be found on www.gotennis.com

auntie janie
Nov 30th, 2005, 01:58 PM
Oh, good! Now we can hear her own words on what her plans are. I look forward to hearing it spelled out a little more.

Williams Rulez
Nov 30th, 2005, 02:28 PM
i wonder if she intends to dive right into the top tiered tournaments... or start from lower tiered ones...

FaceyFacem
Nov 30th, 2005, 04:32 PM
i hope she tries at least sydney before australia, and i think she should play australia for sure, since rebound ace has always been great for her

JuanRodriguez
Nov 30th, 2005, 04:36 PM
can someone post the article here? I'm not registered :(

pierce0415
Nov 30th, 2005, 04:37 PM
can someone post the article here? I'm not registered :(

yes please. Or summarize it? thanks

creep
Nov 30th, 2005, 04:47 PM
Oh, good! Now we can hear her own words on what her plans are. I look forward to hearing it spelled out a little more.

Feet permitting. :lol:

A'DAM
Nov 30th, 2005, 04:49 PM
can someone post the article here? I'm not registered :(


Im voting for it too :)

KoOlMaNsEaN
Nov 30th, 2005, 04:59 PM
BERN, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Martina Hingis will play a "pretty full" schedule next year, feet permitting, according to her manager Mario Widmer.

Speaking to Reuters the day after the former world number one from Switzerland announced her surprise comeback, Widmer said a lot still depended on how well Hingis coped physically.

"Martina has been thinking about a return throughout this year and made the decision gradually after seeing how much stronger her tennis was becoming," Widmer said on Wednesday.

"We haven't yet decided how many tournaments she will play, and she is certainly not setting any targets in terms of titles or world ranking places because she first has to see how her feet react."

Still only 25, the five times Grand Slam winner announced her retirement at the end of 2002 after undergoing two ligament operations.

Plagued by a string of foot, heel and ankle injuries, Hingis sued her former shoe suppliers Tacchini before the two sides reached an out-of-court settlement.

Widmer gave no details about where Hingis would make her tournament comeback. She plans to hold a news conference on Saturday in Zurich.

The Swiss is expected to be back on the professional circuit in time for January's Australian Open. A three times winner of the Melbourne grand slam, Hingis was told by organisers on Wednesday that a wild card would be available if required.



CAREER RELAUNCH

Hingis made a one-off comeback to the WTA Tour in February 2005, losing to Germany's Marlene Weingartner in the first round of Thailand's Pattaya tournament.

Many in the game saw that tournament as an attempt by Hingis to see if she could relaunch her professional career. However, the Swiss said a return to the sport was "inconceivable".

During her time away from the court, Hingis has perfected her English, worked as a tennis commentator and indulged her love of riding.

Her change of heart follows strong performances at exhibition tournaments as well as in World Team Tennis, an American team competition in which Hingis steered a New York side to victory in September.

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

"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."

Her return will give a further fillip to a women's circuit which has rarely been so open. Four different players won the four grand slams in 2005, Lindsay Davenport ended the year as number one and Amelie Mauresmo won the year-ending Masters Cup.

"For fans of women's tennis, Martina's return will add another level of excitement to the sport and enhance the incredible rivalries and roster of big-name stars," said Larry Scott, chief executive officer of the WTA Tour.

"Her passion for the game has never wavered and we look forward to her return."

A'DAM
Nov 30th, 2005, 05:00 PM
Thanks!

tennisboi
Nov 30th, 2005, 05:58 PM
Sounds great

hablo
Nov 30th, 2005, 06:07 PM
allez Martina !! :banana:

dinhd82
Nov 30th, 2005, 07:19 PM
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!! I'm still not over the shock!

fOxYLiCiOuS
Dec 1st, 2005, 12:15 AM
Thanks. :)

*JR*
Dec 1st, 2005, 01:26 AM
I wonder how much the so-called Appearance Fee Opens (Doha & Dubai) offer her to enter. (I'm guessing about 400K for Doha and 600K for Dubai, based on actually playing). I just hope she doesn't take WC's @ events where she doesn't really expect to play, just to help advance ticket sales.

Sir Stefwhit
Dec 1st, 2005, 05:52 AM
Hopefully we'll get some insight as to what her schedule might look like, even if it's just the first few tournaments, during this press conference on Saturday.

Zauber
Dec 1st, 2005, 05:55 AM
wow the Australian Open could be very intresting if everyone show and plays well.
I hope.

Instant_Replay
Dec 1st, 2005, 05:58 AM
Though not a favourite player of mine, I admire her desire to come back and play.

Alicia Rocks
Dec 1st, 2005, 07:26 AM
martina :worship:

Jeff
Dec 1st, 2005, 07:58 AM
Yay! I'm still as excited as I was the other day. Looking forward to hearing what she says saturday.

Hingie
Dec 1st, 2005, 08:02 AM
Wow this is awesome news. The Australian Open will be very interesting - hopefully she can play some lead up tournaments.

Win or lose - it will just be great to see her back on court!

:bounce: BEAUTIFUL TENNIS RETURNS TO THE WTA:bounce:

dinhd82
Dec 1st, 2005, 08:44 AM
I know! I hope Martina is really serious and in this thing for the long-haul because results wont come just like that, even though she is a past champion, but who knows Martina amazes me all the time!!

nouf
Dec 1st, 2005, 09:02 AM
photo of this interview:

http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/6781/hingisinter8ni.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

+ article equipe

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/9716/hingis7ey.th.jpg (http://img233.imageshack.us/my.php?image=hingis7ey.jpg)

Hant11
Dec 1st, 2005, 11:28 AM
this picture was taken in zurich 2005

article "lequipe" today with the comeback of hingis (and davis cup too)


http://www.mediaupload.net/images/2005/Dec/01/fRdEVf0U2DtEQthb.jpg (http://www.mediaupload.net/img.php?id=218083)

click to enlarge

Mother_Marjorie
Dec 1st, 2005, 11:50 AM
I wonder how much the so-called Appearance Fee Opens (Doha & Dubai) offer her to enter. (I'm guessing about 400K for Doha and 600K for Dubai, based on actually playing). I just hope she doesn't take WC's @ events where she doesn't really expect to play, just to help advance ticket sales.

Uh, I'm doubtful Martina will be able to command that much in appearance fees so soon. For all we know, she could turn out to be the next Alex Stevenson in her second career.

Munchen
Dec 1st, 2005, 12:34 PM
Martina :woohoo:

Hant11
Dec 1st, 2005, 12:34 PM
photo of this interview:

http://img203.imageshack.us/img203/6781/hingisinter8ni.jpg (http://imageshack.us/)

+ article equipe

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/9716/hingis7ey.th.jpg (http://img233.imageshack.us/my.php?image=hingis7ey.jpg)

ça se voit ke ta édité ton post nouf mdr
puis à 150% ca pixelle vachement la photo :o

crazyroberto6767
Dec 1st, 2005, 01:24 PM
Uh, I'm doubtful Martina will be able to command that much in appearance fees so soon. For all we know, she could turn out to be the next Alex Stevenson in her second career.
Isn't that part of the reason people will go to see her? At least for the first few tournaments, people are going to wonder which Martina will show up. That's exciting and is an addition to Martina's drawing power originally.

Mark for Martina
Dec 1st, 2005, 01:36 PM
I will not doubt Martina's draw power... she still remains one of the more popular female athlete today... retired or not... google news certainly did not doubt that with almost 300 major news outfits worldwide covering her return announcement... Her return was the top sports headline for almost 3 days...