View Full Version : RICHARD WILLIAMS on Hingis's Retirement: She was something "Unreal"

Feb 26th, 2003, 10:01 AM
Well after seeing a number of Williams fans hoe into Martina over the past month, I'd just thought I'd share the opinion of one of the bluntest figures in women's tennis, Richard Williams, as published in Australian Tennis Magazine. This is definitely one of the classiest things Richard has ever said, and stands in contrast to his previous statements about Hingis. Makes you think that all that rhetoric he used to sprout was really just genuine shit stirring.

Tennis is going to miss something totally unreal. Martina Hingis is one of the greatest champions ever to play the sport and to do the things she did at such an early age, I don't think it will be duplicated, syndicated or replicated in any way. The Williams family will definitely miss her.

I wish SOME Williams fans would take their cue from Richard, instead of rejoicing in the demise of a timeless champion :)

Feb 26th, 2003, 10:14 AM
I think you should be the first one to ignore this one.;)

Feb 26th, 2003, 12:31 PM
"I wish SOME Williams fans would take their cue from Richard, instead of rejoicing in the demise of a timeless champion"

first of all thank you for saying "some". i didn't (and won't) rejoice in seeing hingis retire because she's such a vital component of the tour. her contrasting style and distinctive personality will certainly be missed and i'm not sure who will fill that void because there aren't that many players who play hingis's game. to be brutally honest i'm angry at hingis for calling it quits without putting up a fight. it betrays her customary self-confident demeanor. the impression i'm getting is that she's quitting not only because her body gave out on her but because she's resigned her to thinking that she can no longer beat the heavy hitters.

Feb 26th, 2003, 12:46 PM
Yea!!! Williams Fans Unite!! :-)

But seriously, I miss Martina already, she def has left her mark on the tennis world, but that is sooooo odd considering she is really spoiled and she wasn't even great, only good. (I'm being sarcastic) :-)

Feb 26th, 2003, 01:37 PM
Yeah I think that was nice of Richard. But I swear, I cant help but think that he is being a comedian again. He seems just too funny to me at times.

Feb 26th, 2003, 01:44 PM
It's just the truth as usual. I don't believe that most Williams fans are glad at Hingis' retirement.

Feb 26th, 2003, 01:47 PM
Classy, well said Richard! :)

Feb 26th, 2003, 02:07 PM
Well said Richard, I'm starting to like you already... :p :rolleyes:

Feb 26th, 2003, 02:26 PM
Hey Glenn, havent seen u since your statements back at Australian Open when kim was up 5-1 on serena. ... that was quite a funny post u made. Classic even. has to rank among the top 3 posts of all times in this board. Hope all is well, cheers

Feb 26th, 2003, 02:35 PM
Haha! At that point I was pretty pissed off when Kim still lost that...
But since that Monica-Justine final it's all good now, someone in the Dubai threads was like: "It's all over for Justine" when Monica had matchpoint, so now I know what's so funny when that happens, hehe. :D

Feb 26th, 2003, 03:09 PM
Even Richard has seen the light, the light that is MARTINA HINGIS. :angel:

Feb 26th, 2003, 05:00 PM
I know Richard was pinching himself during that interview... and when he got back to his hotel room he was on the floor.

Feb 26th, 2003, 06:11 PM
Of course the Williams Family will miss Hingis...they won't be able to beat up on her in matches anymore;)

Feb 26th, 2003, 07:30 PM
LOL true

Glenn what did you say in the Aus?! did you put your foot in your mouth?!

Venus Forever
Feb 26th, 2003, 07:51 PM
Originally posted by bajangurl
Anyone that ever took everything Richard said seriously is just plain DENSE!! I always could tell when the man was 'clowning' and when he had something REAL to say.......long live Richard Williams:)

And who is glad Hingis retired?? Just because people have questioned certain things about her and her decisions, doesn't mean they are happy she has retired. I have yet to see anyone here say that they were glad- in fact i will speak for myself and not ALL Williams fans, but i sure wished i could see Venus & Serena continue to 'dominate' her...so i for one am not happy that she is gone...she was a great player who brought a lot to the game..and now hopefully she will succeed at whatever it is she chooses... but i can't help but think if Martina wasn't so cynical about the decision of Venus & Serena to do other things while playing tennis, maybe she would still be playing.....i'm alluding to her saying you can't do both- play tennis and go to school...well, there is no need for me to go into how that decision by the Williams girls have played out.....

I totally agree. Everything she said.;)

auntie janie
Feb 26th, 2003, 11:07 PM
Classy, and accurate, statement from a man who knows a heck of about tennis. I am really happy he spoke up on this topic! :)

Feb 26th, 2003, 11:12 PM

Feb 26th, 2003, 11:52 PM
Originally posted by VeNuS FoReVeR
I totally agree. Everything she said.;)

me too! ;)

Feb 26th, 2003, 11:55 PM
I took whatever came out of Richards mouth with a lot of salt before. I am not going to stop doing so now.:p

Feb 27th, 2003, 12:46 AM
I don't think it will be duplicated, syndicated or replicated in any way.

Was that Richard Williams or Johnnie Cochran speaking?

Feb 27th, 2003, 07:09 AM
Is this the Richard Williams, people are referring to with some semblance of civility????????????

Well, knock me over with a feather!!!

Feb 27th, 2003, 09:33 AM
True DaT Richard!:)

Feb 27th, 2003, 09:34 AM
Richard :D

Feb 27th, 2003, 09:35 AM
Originally posted by {{{RoB}}}
Tennis is going to miss something totally unreal. Martina Hingis is one of the greatest champions ever to play the sport ... by Richard Williams

Wow,... I'm surprised at Richard having a similar opinion on Martina with me. Then only difference here is I think Martina is the greatest player not one of some. :) ;)

And one more to say,.. Martina didn't gave up her career without trying. She had to take painkiller when she returned for competition after the surgery. :sad: No one can ask her to do so again, when painkiller is the only solution for competition. :(

Martina, I miss you.