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Muffin the Mule
Feb 2nd, 2010, 06:34 PM
Martina Hingis to play World TeamTennis; rules out full return 'at this point'

By Howard Fendrich (CP) – 1 hour ago

Martina Hingis says she can't help but think about making yet another comeback when she sees the success Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are having after being away from tennis.

Hingis retired for the second time in 2007, when she was banned for testing positive for cocaine.

That suspension ended in September, and the five-time Grand Slam singles champion will be playing more tennis this year.

The 29-year-old Hingis has committed to a full season of WorldTeam Tennis, the coed league founded by Billie Jean King and heading into its 35th season.

Hingis will be assigned to a team in next week's draft.

But she tells The Associated Press she rules out the possibility of returning to the tour "at this point," primarily because there's too much travel.

Bezz
Feb 2nd, 2010, 06:59 PM
She needs to come back now or she'll be too old to really compete at the top!

is1531
Feb 2nd, 2010, 07:22 PM
Martina Hingis to play World TeamTennis; rules out full return 'at this point'

By Howard Fendrich (CP) – 1 hour ago

Martina Hingis says she can't help but think about making yet another comeback when she sees the success Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are having after being away from tennis.

Hingis retired for the second time in 2007, when she was banned for testing positive for cocaine.

That suspension ended in September, and the five-time Grand Slam singles champion will be playing more tennis this year.

The 29-year-old Hingis has committed to a full season of WorldTeam Tennis, the coed league founded by Billie Jean King and heading into its 35th season.

Hingis will be assigned to a team in next week's draft.

But she tells The Associated Press she rules out the possibility of returning to the tour "at this point," primarily because there's too much travel.

Martina, just come back and play less tournaments. Who cares where your ranked. I never have more than 3 Favs, but If she does come back,she will be my #1 Fav again. I would then 4 Favs, which would be a record for me. :) :wavey:

Hingis,Wickmayer,Sharapova,Lisicki

markhingis
Feb 2nd, 2010, 07:55 PM
come back for doubles, please!!!

akosijepoy
Feb 2nd, 2010, 08:43 PM
i really wish she comes back

Yorker
Feb 2nd, 2010, 09:17 PM
It's kind of funny, after the ban it was always not coming back and now here is the first change in not coming back "at this point". You can tell she's thinking about it, she could play for another 2-3 years with a limited schedule, if she planned it well it wouldn't be too bad.

is1531
Feb 2nd, 2010, 09:43 PM
It's kind of funny, after the ban it was always not coming back and now here is the first change in not coming back "at this point". You can tell she's thinking about it, she could play for another 2-3 years with a limited schedule, if she planned it well it wouldn't be too bad.

The woman is a natural entertainer. I love her so much. :):wavey:

cellophane
Feb 2nd, 2010, 09:45 PM
She is coming back. Just wait a few months.

PLP
Feb 2nd, 2010, 10:28 PM
She is coming back. Just wait a few months.

Don't give me false hope Marti!!!

Still, :eek:
Maybe??

She might be waiting to see how does in WTT against some real top competition. If she comes back she can still win some tournaments and if she is fit (meaning FAST) she can be top 10 IMHO, still, it's not about ranking, I just want to see her competing again.

Kworb
Feb 2nd, 2010, 10:30 PM
Martina, we need you. :hearts: Hingis vs Date GS final? :drool:

Daniel K
Feb 2nd, 2010, 11:38 PM
I'm getting excited. WTT will hopefully spur her into making another comeback. Just play a few tournaments a year even. Pleasee :sad:

hankqq
Feb 2nd, 2010, 11:52 PM
come on back, Martina :dance: i say by october we'll be hearing a comeback announcement :hearts: :hehehe:

is1531
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:17 AM
America loves Martina Hingis.

sorceress
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:34 AM
Comeback:hysteric:

Protoss
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:40 AM
Don't give me flase hope Marti!!!

Still, :eek:
Maybe??

She might be waiting to see how does in WTT against some real top competition. If she comes back she can still win some tournaments and if she is fit (meaning FAST) she can be top 10 IMHO, still, it's not about ranking, I just want to see her competiting again.
She won a bit less than 40% of her 3 set matches during her comeback...that doesn't strike me as someone who had fitness as a high priority. :rolleyes:

iPatty
Feb 3rd, 2010, 12:42 AM
Why would the success of Clijsters and Henin inspire her? She is not as good as they are.

PlayByPlay
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:30 AM
Martina seems to be making a slight comeback. Pretty Cool.:cheer:

LeonHart
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:34 AM
I still doubt Martina will come back to the WTA, but it'll be great watching her on WTT!!

mattjallen
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:46 AM
Why would the success of Clijsters and Henin inspire her? She is not as good as they are.

you're kidding right??!!

come back Martina!

sorceress
Feb 3rd, 2010, 01:54 AM
Why would the success of Clijsters and Henin inspire her? She is not as good as they are.

:spit::spit:

Ryan
Feb 3rd, 2010, 02:26 AM
If she comes back I just want her to play doubles and mixed.

Kworb
Feb 3rd, 2010, 02:37 AM
bk3xWlrV8d8

:inlove: Come back!

Ryan
Feb 3rd, 2010, 02:45 AM
Nice article.


Hingis won't return to WTA 'at this point'
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Martina Hingis can't help but contemplate yet another comeback when she sees the success Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are having after being away from tennis.

"There's a spark," Hingis said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

But she also said she would rule out the possibility of a return to the tour "at this point," primarily because of all the travel.

"If it was played in the backyard," Hingis said from her home in Switzerland, "then I'd probably think about it twice."

The five-time Grand Slam singles champion and youngest woman to be ranked No. 1 retired for the second time in 2007, when she was given a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine. Hingis denied taking the drug but did not appeal the ruling.

That ban ended Sept. 30, and the 29-year-old Hingis is eager to get the chance to play more tennis this year: She has committed to a full season of World Team Tennis, the coed league founded by Billie Jean King and heading into its 35th season.

Hingis will be picked by a team in the marquee player draft Feb. 11. Other top names in the draft include the Williams sisters, John McEnroe and Maria Sharapova, although they're going to be playing only one to five matches, while Hingis is slated for all 14 in the regular season.

In 2005, Hingis used World Team Tennis to help prepare for her first comeback. Clijsters also played in the WTT last year as a way to warm up before getting back on tour after more than two years away while getting married and having a baby.

For Clijsters, that return was as successful as could be: She won the championship at the 2009 U.S. Open, the very first Grand Slam tournament -- and only third event overall -- of her return. That helped prompt another Belgian, Henin, to come back, too, and she managed to reach last weekend's Australian Open final at her first Grand Slam tournament in two years.

"It's great to see them dig deep and come back that well. I don't know if I could handle it," Hingis said.

She watched more of this Australian Open than she has in years.

"Of course it makes you think. Tennis was all my life, and the most natural thing is that it makes you think. It would be sad if it didn't make me think, don't you think?" Hingis said.

"Tennis is still my life. Well, part of it," she continued. "But my life is very comfortable, on the other hand. Tennis gave me a lot of things and sometimes you have to put things behind. It's a lot of sacrifice, as well. I wouldn't want to risk it anymore."

She originally quit tennis in 2002 because of foot and leg injuries. When she rejoined the circuit full-time in 2006, she reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals, won two smaller tournaments and made it to No. 6 in the rankings.

"It has been a while since I have seen her play, but Martina did ask me a few years ago if I thought she still had what it took to win on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour today. I think she still knows what it takes to win and is committed to the task at hand," said King, who won 12 Grand Slam singles titles. "With her talent and a renewed commitment, she could do very well. She may not be as powerful as some players, but she knows how to make the most of any point."

At the height of her powers, Hingis was brilliant at controlling exchanges and working every angle. Nicknamed "The Swiss Miss," she became the youngest major champion of the 20th century when she won the 1997 Australian Open at 16, and later that year she moved up to No. 1 in the rankings. She went on to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open that season, too, coming within a loss in the French Open final of a calendar-year Grand Slam.

"What I miss is probably ... the winning moments -- when you hold up the trophy and you know you are the best in the world and you end up winning Grand Slams. That is probably the moment an athlete is most happy," Hingis said.

"You miss that, but you know that getting to that point takes a lot of years, a lot of hard work, a lot of practice. It doesn't come from heaven," she added. "You never forget how much work, how much pain, you go through to get there."

égalité
Feb 3rd, 2010, 03:13 AM
2011 RG champion :hearts:

iPatty
Feb 3rd, 2010, 03:20 AM
you're kidding right??!!

come back Martina!

:spit::spit:

You can seriously tell me that Hingis would have the same success as Clijsters and Henin if she came back? Her game was already starting to slip before her drug suspension and I'm sure the last couple of years haven't seen any improvements. She is simply not imposing enough on court and deft touch/court craft can only take you so far. I just feel like she would be coming back for hits and giggles as opposed to really trying to become a force again. And for a player with her credentials, I can't see her doing it for those reasons. She is a great player, don't get me wrong, but time has caught up with her.

If she comes back I just want her to play doubles and mixed.

This she could be successful at. The reason Black/Huber do so well is because (a) the rest of the doubles field sucks and (b) no one else knows how to play doubles. Hingis definitely knows how to play doubles and if she found a partner who was willing to listen to her (and who could add some much needed power to the team), I don't see why she couldn't get up in the Top20 in doubles.

Caralenko
Feb 3rd, 2010, 03:20 AM
2011 RG champion :hearts:

:worship: Step to this.

Daniel K
Feb 3rd, 2010, 06:14 AM
:worship: Step to this.

Haha I love that bank world bitch!

PLP
Feb 3rd, 2010, 06:25 AM
You can seriously tell me that Hingis would have the same success as Clijsters and Henin if she came back? Her game was already starting to slip before her drug suspension and I'm sure the last couple of years haven't seen any improvements. She is simply not imposing enough on court and deft touch/court craft can only take you so far. I just feel like she would be coming back for hits and giggles as opposed to really trying to become a force again. And for a player with her credentials, I can't see her doing it for those reasons. She is a great player, don't get me wrong, but time has caught up with her.



This she could be successful at. The reason Black/Huber do so well is because (a) the rest of the doubles field sucks and (b) no one else knows how to play doubles. Hingis definitely knows how to play doubles and if she found a partner who was willing to listen to her (and who could add some much needed power to the team), I don't see why she couldn't get up in the Top20 in doubles.

Top 20?
She is one of the best doubles players, ever.
She won the mixed 2006 AO crown in her 1st GS back...if she came back to play doubles I imagine she would be top 5 and adding to her GS count. And in singles I have no doubt she would be top 20 easy, maybe top 10, depending on her schedule.

Tennisation
Feb 3rd, 2010, 06:30 AM
wtf are u all smoking putting Hingis down like that? If Wozniacki is currently #3 in the world and she's a poor man's hingis, I think she can definitely be top 10.

smallville62
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:04 AM
Martina Hingis can’t help but contemplate yet another comeback when she sees the success Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin are having after being away from tennis.

“There’s a spark,” Hingis said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

But she also said she would rule out the possibility of a return to the tour “at this point,” primarily because of all the travel.

“If it was played in the backyard,” Hingis said from her home in Switzerland, “then I’d probably think about it twice.”

The five-time Grand Slam singles champion and youngest woman to be ranked No. 1 retired for the second time in 2007, when she was given a two-year suspension for testing positive for cocaine.

That ban ended Sept. 30, and the 29-year-old Hingis is eager to get the chance to play more tennis this year: She has committed to a full season of World TeamTennis, the coed league founded by Billie Jean King and heading into its 35th season.

Hingis will be picked by a team in the marquee player draft Feb. 11. Other top names in the draft include the Williams sisters, John McEnroe and Maria Sharapova, although they’re going to be playing only one to five matches, while Hingis is slated for all 14 in the regular season.

In 2005, Hingis used World TeamTennis to help prepare for her first comeback. Clijsters also played in the WTT last year as a way to warm up before getting back on tour after more than two years away while getting married and having a baby.

For Clijsters, that return was as successful as could be: She won the championship at the 2009 U.S. Open, the very first Grand Slam tournament — and only third event overall — of her return. That helped prompt another Belgian, Henin, to come back, too, and she managed to reach last weekend’s Australian Open final at her first Grand Slam tournament in two years.

“It’s great to see them dig deep and come back that well. I don’t know if I could handle it,” Hingis said.

:) :) i'm shure what martina will comeback after this wtt :) :) she playing wtt for trainning more :) :) williams siters , sharapova to play too this 35 wtt season :) :)

Princeza
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:17 AM
"There's a spark," Hingis said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

But she also said she would rule out the possibility of a return to the tour "at this point,".


Stop torturing us :tears:

2011 RG champion :hearts:

:worship:

Miranda
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:28 AM
poor her, she was so happy and enjoyed so much success when she was a teenager, but slowly and slowly, her luck went aways. I really hope she may try another come back, Date is much older and still try, why can't Hingis? :D

Golovinjured.
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:40 AM
Hingis/Kournikova :worship:

Betten
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:41 AM
There's no reason (or need) for Hingis to come back. She's been number one, won every Grand Slam in doubles and misses only the French Open in her Grand Slam singles collection. I don't think she'll be able to win the French now, especially with Clijsters and Henin back in the mix (in her comeback she managed a combined 0-6 record against them, including a straight set loss against Kim on clay). I doubt she'd make a lot of impact now. She failed to do so in 2006-07; other than her being a few years older, I don't see what would have changed since then. And why would she come back to win a few doubles titles? She's already won and done everything there.

donniedarkofan
Feb 3rd, 2010, 08:52 AM
You can seriously tell me that Hingis would have the same success as Clijsters and Henin if she came back? Her game was already starting to slip before her drug suspension and I'm sure the last couple of years haven't seen any improvements. She is simply not imposing enough on court and deft touch/court craft can only take you so far. I just feel like she would be coming back for hits and giggles as opposed to really trying to become a force again. And for a player with her credentials, I can't see her doing it for those reasons. She is a great player, don't get me wrong, but time has caught up with her.



This she could be successful at. The reason Black/Huber do so well is because (a) the rest of the doubles field sucks and (b) no one else knows how to play doubles. Hingis definitely knows how to play doubles and if she found a partner who was willing to listen to her (and who could add some much needed power to the team), I don't see why she couldn't get up in the Top20 in doubles.

What an ignorant...I'm sorry but you seem to be somewhere else, not earth. You obviously don't have a clue about being a tennis player. Don't even try to answer me. I'm done. top 20 in doubles? I MEAN WTF?
someone above said that wozniacki is top3...how is she better than Hingis? Hignis would have problems with Serena, Henin and Clijsters and Azarenka maybe. That's it.

Betten
Feb 3rd, 2010, 09:04 AM
The one thing I would like to see is Hingis teaming up with Federer again in mixed doubles for the 2012 Olympics :hearts:!

smallville62
Feb 3rd, 2010, 10:43 AM
in this 2010 wtt edition martina will play against sharapova , williams sisters , azarenka and other strong players wait and see how martina playing this summer but i think what she will comeback for this us open ( with more trainning and matchs exhibition at wtt )

travel is not an excuse for no comeback :devil::devil::devil::devil::devil:

go comeback !

iPatty
Feb 3rd, 2010, 11:27 AM
What an ignorant...I'm sorry but you seem to be somewhere else, not earth. You obviously don't have a clue about being a tennis player. Don't even try to answer me. I'm done. top 20 in doubles? I MEAN WTF?
someone above said that wozniacki is top3...how is she better than Hingis? Hignis would have problems with Serena, Henin and Clijsters and Azarenka maybe. That's it.

How can you say that? :lol:

Hingis will be 30 in September and like I said before, she was already starting to lose it a little bit before her suspension. There is no way you can tell me that her game has actually improved during her time off and besides, the depth of the field has actually increased since she went away. Her serve would be attacked and her forehand would break down. Not to mention she has probably lost a step or two.

Instead of calling me ignorant, why don't you tell me how she would be one of the best five players in the world at the age of 30? Also, if Hingis came back and played Wozniacki, I would bet on Wozniacki every single time.

cellophane
Feb 3rd, 2010, 02:47 PM
There's no reason (or need) for Hingis to come back.

I think she is hungry for another Slam title. She hasn't won one since 1999!

barmaid
Feb 3rd, 2010, 03:06 PM
I think she is hungry for another Slam title. She hasn't won one since 1999!

During her illustrious career, Martina has "missed" winning a couple of grand slams...near misses always bring regret.:(...what she could have/would have will always remain a "missed" opportunity, alas every athlete just has to live with it!:sad:

Blu€
Feb 3rd, 2010, 03:36 PM
The one thing I would like to see is Hingis teaming up with Federer again in mixed doubles for the 2012 Olympics :hearts:!

This :hearts:

LoveFifteen
Feb 3rd, 2010, 04:10 PM
Oooooh, I am so buying tickets to WTT this year! I hope Hingis is a Washington Kastle!!! :hearts:

PLP
Feb 3rd, 2010, 05:39 PM
in this 2010 wtt edition martina will play against sharapova , williams sisters , azarenka and other strong players wait and see how martina playing this summer but i think what she will comeback for this us open ( with more trainning and matchs exhibition at wtt )

travel is not an excuse for no comeback :devil::devil::devil::devil::devil:

go comeback !

That would be interesting as it was her most difficult slam in her comeback. I think something really great will have to happen for her to decide to make a true comeback, like beating a top 10 in WTT.
She just needs to want it enough, she said so herself, it takes years of training and effort.

#1SteffiGraf#1
Feb 3rd, 2010, 07:27 PM
I would give almost anything to see Martina return for a few more seasons. Not 5 or 6, just 1 or 2. :D I wont be greedy! ;)

She would be great doubles parter for someone maybe by end of season? Then maybe return for 2011 for singles?

Federer&Hingis
Feb 3rd, 2010, 07:56 PM
Tennis needs Hingis's style.

burn
Feb 4th, 2010, 12:51 PM
Martina Hingis will play the entire "World-Team-Tennis-Tour" this year.
She will participate in all 14 events..!
She also said that she doesn't definitely say no to a comeback to the sony ericsson WTA tour!

MrSerenaWilliams
Feb 4th, 2010, 01:03 PM
Yay :dance:

Please come back Jen, Linds, Amelie, Chanda, and Mary!

miffedmax
Feb 4th, 2010, 01:05 PM
Okay, at this point any player this side of Kitty Godfree announcing a comeback no longer rates a "bombshell."

Sectumsempra
Feb 4th, 2010, 01:06 PM
Bad idea

The Witch-king
Feb 4th, 2010, 01:06 PM
Yay :rolleyes:

smallville62
Feb 4th, 2010, 01:07 PM
yes :) :) in 2005 she played also an full season in wtt before this comeback in 2006 :) :)
wait and see :)

smallville62
Feb 4th, 2010, 01:15 PM
Bad idea

why bad idea ? today the women game is so borig to watching , if martina will back :hearts::hearts::hearts::hearts:

this tennis is so fun and enjoying to watch :angel::angel::angel::angel:

baxk martina please !

hingis-seles
Feb 4th, 2010, 01:18 PM
The thread title is misleading. She's just playing WTT not returning to the WTA - something we have known for days now.

goldenlox
Feb 4th, 2010, 01:18 PM
Now it would be much easier than coming back when she is 33 or so.
So if she is wants to try it, sooner the better

smallville62
Feb 4th, 2010, 01:32 PM
Tennis needs Hingis's style.

100% agree with you this magic and charisma game miss too :hearts::hearts::hearts:

Ryan
Feb 4th, 2010, 02:02 PM
There's already like 3 threads on this :shrug:

Lulu.
Feb 4th, 2010, 02:53 PM
bk3xWlrV8d8

:inlove: Come back!

Reminds that she never got to play Serena in her last comeback.

Ntosake
Feb 4th, 2010, 04:25 PM
It would be good to have her back in the mix, even if it's team tennis, so it's now or never.

MrSerenaWilliams
Feb 4th, 2010, 06:15 PM
bk3xWlrV8d8

:inlove: Come back!

was this the last time Serena lost a match after serving for it?

hingis-seles
Feb 4th, 2010, 09:01 PM
was this the last time Serena lost a match after serving for it?

Off the top of my head, she lost to Capriati at Wimbledon 2001 leading 7-6, 5-3.