Jul 14th, 2002, 03:48 PM
"My crutches(?) are still are in the garage, but I need them no longer," said Martina Hingis yesterday from the USA. Swiss number 1 trains at the moment in her second home in Saddlebrook near Tampa, already hitting again twice daily on the tennis court, mostly with young college players. She had been operated on 20 May in Zurich at the ligaments of the left foot. "I am from day to day better, but at the moment I want to aggravate nothing. I orient myself at my feeling ", she said.

Participation in the US Open still possible.
Meanwhile the WTA provided for confusion with an announcement which said Hingis' starts were off in the next weeks in San Diego, Los Angeles and Montreal to call had, and in accordance with information of their management to announce itself before the entry deadline on 15 July for the US Open.

That is a pure formality, because she never intended after the operation to play these three preparation tournaments, said Mario Widmer. The consequence of the WTA announcement is however hasty. A start in Flushing Meadows is also possible at short notice by means of Wildcard and cannot not be excluded in accordance with Hingis herself and Widmer at this time.

"I want to set myself to no time frameworks for my comeback, thereby pressurize myself", said the US open 1997 champion. "Surely there is the possibility that I will play in New York. Nevertheless I have still over five weeks time for preparation. And up to now the therapy ran well."

The possibilities for training are ideal in Florida; also the warmth does her well. Apart from tennis training, she swims very often. In addition, she hits golfballs almost every second day on the driving range. She does not intend however, to visit her friend, the Spanish golf professional Sergio Garcia at the British Open in the coming week, although she was with him almost three weeks long in the USA on the golf route. "I remain provisional in Florida. At the moment I must look so Swiss for me ". René Stauffer

Jul 14th, 2002, 03:57 PM
Wow , such as a terrible new ! I could not believe this .To me , no matter when Hingis will return back on tour .But she has to be healthy to compete again .But anyway this new enlightened me a lot .At least , i could know clearly that Hingis still desires to play tennis ...YEAHHHHH NOT RETIRE YET >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:04 PM
why would she enter as a WC ????
she could enter today, and withdraw as late as possible if she going to play in the 1st place.

I doubt it if we see her back until the indoor season if at all for rest of 2002.

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:07 PM
why would she enter as a WC ????
she could enter today, and withdraw as late as possible if she going to play in the 1st place.

They'd always give her a wildcard, so why bother. Also this way, they would give a direct admission to a struggling player from the second hundred rather than giving a wildcard to another useless Ameican Junior. It's better this way.

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:13 PM
Eggy...YS may have you there!

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:14 PM
ys - I happen to agree with you on giving Martina the wildcard. However, two recent 'useless American juniors' are ranked #1 and #2.

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:17 PM
How will they seed her if they give her a wildcard?
According to her then current rank would protect the other seeded players from her til the 3rd round. BUt it would set up a 'Martina vs top 8 seed' fourth round match.

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:20 PM
the thing is the entry deadline is tomorrow so she can still enter for the US Open.

I know that they'd give her a WC over someone unknown, but i doubt if she will play US Open without any warmup matches beforehand.

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:21 PM
Volcana ....... you can only be a junior if you played junior events so technically they never were useless as junoirs as they never played there.

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:22 PM
ys - I happen to agree with you on giving Martina the wildcard. However, two recent 'useless American juniors' are ranked #1 and #2.

To my best knowledge, those players have never been tennis juniors.

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:26 PM
I'm confused. :confused: Why would she wait and enter as a wild card when, as someone said, all she has to do is enter the Open and, if she can't play, withdraw. Why wait and enter as a wild card? It doesn't make sense.:rolleyes:

Besides, how well does she expect to do at the Open if she hasn't entered any warmup tournaments? I can't imagine she would just jump into a Slam after not playing a match for 6 months and expect to do well. Even Martina is not that good!!:rolleyes: She has lost in first rounds of Slams before, you know.

I really don't expect to see her until the indoor season and she might not do well until the Aussie Open. But, whenever she gets back playing regularly will be nice. Not that she will change anything at the top of the list but she can make things interesting from the quarters on.:p

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:34 PM
She is perhaps a kind of a person for whom the word "commitment" means exactly what it is supposed to mean. How can you commit to something that you have a big chance not being able to do?

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:40 PM
Indeed, they did play junior tennis. they didn't have a full career in it, though.

Jul 14th, 2002, 04:42 PM
Thanks for that article. The part that makes me LOL, though is when it states that Hingis is practising "mostly with young college players." I'm so sure Martina is flirting with those boys. She seems to love the company of men. LOL!!!!!!!

Cam'ron Giles
Jul 14th, 2002, 04:50 PM
YS is forever calling someone useless. Tell you the kind of person he is...

Jul 14th, 2002, 05:13 PM
I hope Hingis will play only if she's close to 100%. Does anyonek now if she got a WC, would she be seeded? And if she does get seeded(if she played) does nayone know if she'd get her realy ranking, or something else?

Jul 14th, 2002, 05:19 PM
Volcana, what route you take to enter the tournament has no bearing on your seeding. She will be seeded according to her ranking.

Personally, I don't think she will play. As BoiledEgg said, if she had any expectation of playing she wouldn't have pulled out in the first place.

Dawn Marie
Jul 14th, 2002, 05:59 PM
Hingis would only enter the US Open if she thought she had a chance to win. She and the tennis world knows that her chances are slim to take home the last slam of the year. I mean why would she want to risk further injury to only go so far at the US open? Besides it is less pressure to stay out of a slam, then play it and lose it again. If she plays you now what the media will say? "Oh she is slamless this year". It is best to rest up.

Personally I don't think Hingis is coming back this year. Maybe at that last month, or so. Anyway just because she is working out and doing some activities does not mean she is out of the woods yet. She had a terrible injury.

Jul 14th, 2002, 06:58 PM
HINGIS will not play the US OPEN with no warm up tournaments!
I think that makes sense.
Why throw yourself in the deep-end, especially after injury!
I do not see it happening.

Jul 14th, 2002, 07:14 PM
Why wouldn't she? She came out of injury to win the Addidas and play the next two weeks at the Australian. She played doubles as well. What difference is there in playing two or three of the others back to back in preparation? She may as well warm-up there for the indoor season.

LOL at she can't change anything.

Jul 14th, 2002, 08:25 PM
I'd like to see Martina play doubles with Anna K. and forget about entering the singles...:rolleyes: at the U.S. Open..that way she can pace herself and not put too much pressure on her game or body. What do you think??:confused:


Jul 14th, 2002, 09:06 PM
A) I think it has to do with Widmer not knowing what he talks about
B) I think it has to do with contracts saying it might be possible she plays
C) I doubt she´ll return before Filderstadt or anything of that calibre
- getting some matches indoors might help her to come back outdoors

Jul 15th, 2002, 07:18 AM
The MOST Important thing for me is:

I'm hoping Martina HINGIS will playing U.S OPEN 2002

I:hearts: Martina HINGIS

Williams Rulez
Jul 15th, 2002, 11:31 AM
I think not... it is pointless to play if you have not played any warm-up events before that... that would explain why she did not enter directly I guess

Jul 15th, 2002, 12:03 PM
If she wants back in the public eye, playing doubles with Anna at the US Open would certainly do it.

Jul 15th, 2002, 12:25 PM
Yeah, playing doubles to endanger continuing her singles career !

I wonder if some people only are into their fan-thinking rather than in realistic ideas how to a career under dramatic injury-circumstances

Did you ever see a player keen on returning from injury entering doubles (JUST BECAUSE FANS LOVE THAT COMBI) and skipping singles what tennis is mainly all about !?

And returning in the public eye ?!

Isn´t it players love to return in lower ranked tournaments with less press and less attention to limit the pressure ?! Why do you think that they wish to return with all the glamour of a GS but with no practice ?

Jul 15th, 2002, 01:10 PM
Hingis says U.S. Open appearance still possible

GENEVA (Reuters) - Former world number one Martina Hingis has said she can still play in next month's U.S. Open despite the WTA confirming she will miss the entry deadline.

Hingis, the 1997 U.S. Open winner still recovering from a troublesome left ankle injury, said on Monday she could play at Flushing Meadows thanks to an invitation if she is declared fit for the tournament, which starts on August 26.

But the WTA said on Friday that representatives of Hingis had confirmed the Swiss world number four would not be submitting an application to play in the final Grand Slam of the year by the July 15 deadline.

"I've chosen to leave things alone because I don't want to set a fixed date for my return to competitive tennis," Hingis told Swiss Sunday newspaper Sonntags Zeitung.

"But the possibility that I can play in Flushing Meadows is realistic enough. I still have over five weeks for preparation and surely there is a possibility I can play in New York."

Hingis' injury has kept her out of the French Open and Wimbledon and she has also pulled out of a number of tournaments in the lead-up to the U.S. Open.

But Hingis added: "The recovery of my ankle injury is going satisfactorily and I can more or less play tennis twice a day."

Hingis has won five Grand Slam titles and reached the final of the Australian Open earlier this year, but lost to defending champion Jennifer Capriati.

Jul 15th, 2002, 01:18 PM
yes its possible but she isn't stupid to play there without any prep.

I think the chances of her playing at the US Open without any warm-up events is between 0 and 1%

Jul 15th, 2002, 01:27 PM
It´s just for the PR and for her contracts, nothing more - we´ve often seen it that way

Think of the AnnaK participation´s in events and then she refused to play

Jul 15th, 2002, 03:02 PM
If martina really enter the U.S Open as a WC, she cans probably put down her pressure and might win it fearlessly, is that possible?

Jul 15th, 2002, 03:28 PM
Dream on Ferrero! She won't win the US Open without any match preparation.

Jul 15th, 2002, 03:46 PM
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Jul 15th, 2002, 06:07 PM
She could easily win the US Open! :D If she is healthy.

But she won't be. I DOUBT she will play. I think this is just a precaution. After all, what if her injury heals faster than she expected, and she is fine by US Open time? She'll of course want to play.

But don't bet on it.