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hingis-seles
Mar 3rd, 2003, 10:32 PM
Born to Serve

Martina Hingis has been burning up the courts since she was too small
to see over the net.Now she's a new breed of champion,John Heilpern
finds,whose self-confidence is as dazzling as her game.


At sixteen,Martina Hingis,the Tiger Woods of tennis,is the youngest
player to hold the number-one ranking.She also happens to have made her first million dollars faster than any other player,male or female.But
there are many firsts about the phenomenal Hingis,for there has never
been a star on the women's circuit like her,and none quite so gifted.
"Talents like this happen once or twice in a lifetime,"says Nick
Bolletieri,the renowned Florida coach of,among many champions,Andre
Aggasi,Boris Becker,and Monica Seles.He remembers seeing Hingis playing
in the junior French Open when she was twelve."She was awful sloppy.
No serve.But once she played the points,she knew exactly what to do with the ball.She had an animal instinct for the game,an exceptionally
strong mentality.I saw it then.She's just a born winner."
Two years ago,the fourteen-year-old Hingis visited the Bollettieri
Sports Academy with her mother,Melanie Molitor,a top-ranked tennis player in her native Czechoslovakia and now her daughter's coach."My advice was don't chnage a thing,"Bolletieri recalls."There was nothing I could do for her."
Early this year,Hingis won the Australian Open,demolishing the former
prodigy Mary Pierce 6-2,6-2,in the final,and became the youngest Grand Slam champion since Lottie Dod won Wimbledon 110 years ago.
Lottie Dod,where are you now?Martina Hingis-named after Martina
Navratilova and destined her mother says,to become a top tennis star
since she came out of the womb-is a cool new breed of champion who not only seems unbeatable but says so.When she also won the doubles championships at the Australian Open-the first to win both singles and doubles titles there since Navratilova in 1985-she announced in tactless candor."I should play mixed doubles next year but I have to give someone else a chance to win an event!"
The young-and amiable-Hingis can't help herself.Her sunny confidence
isn't vanity.At sixteen,she plays with the skills of a veteran.At the
same time,her elegant ease on court reminds us that tennis was once a
game before it became a tough competitive circus.She feels no pressure;
she relishes victory.She's like a chess master who looks her opponent in
the eyes and says,quite pleasently,"Checkmate in two moves."
When we met earlier in the season during the Lipton Championships in
Key Biscayne,Florida,she told me with the casual certainty of an astronomer knowing the sun also rises that there was no logical reason she shouldn't win the tournament.Which she did,rolling over Monica Seles in the final,6-2,6-1.
Mary Carillo,the CBS tennis commentator.points out,"The kid is a true
original.Most players,particularly at her age,just want to hit the crap
out of the ball.But she's got a great feel for the game,a maturity and
guile and feathery touch that's coming from a different place.She's
comfortable in every part of the court which is very rare.She moves like
a dancer not a jock.Her backhand down the left court is a thing of beauty. John McEnroe said that he wnated to take the game to a level that most people can't comprehend.Hingis wants to do the same thing.She's making shots you dream about."
Martina Hingis was born September 30,1980,in Kosice,Czechoslovakia.
(Navratilova and Ivan Lendl,naturalized Americans,are also Czech-born.)
Her father coached tennis at a locla club;her mother was ranked twentieth in the country.Hingis was about eleven years old when,to her embarrassment, she started to beat her mother."As soon as I beat her her,I didn't want to play her,"she told me."I only wanted to play left-handed against her."
She first held a racket when she was two."I had just learned to walk.
I had a normal-size wooden racket,but the grip was cut away so I could
get my hand round it.We didn't practice too long-about 20 minutes a day in the house.Mum would toss me the ball.I started playing on a real court when I was three years old."
How could she see over the net?"I couldn't!You can see a little bit
through the net.But I only saw the ball when it was coming at me.I was
four when I played my first tournament."
A tournament for four-year-olds?"It was for upto nine-years-olds,"
she replied and laughed."I lost very badly.I knew where to stand and how to play a little bit,but I couldn't make it then.I lost 12-0,but i had my chances in every game."
Hingis doesn't take losing lightly.Here she is,the world's number one,
remembering her first loss,age four.And there's an implication that she
did better than it seems,and might even have won-as if it still matters.
I had chances in every game!
When did she know she could really play?"Since I was nine,"she said,
"when I started to play the international tournaments for fourteen-year-olds. At ten,I was winning some of them.At eleven,I won the European Championships. At twelve,the Junior French Open,which is open to eighteen-year-olds.I was the youngest to win it.At thirteen,I won the Junior U.S. Open and Junior Wimbledon.If I can say so,I would be stupid if I didn't play tennis."
Martina Hingis' parents seperated when she was seven,and her mother took her to live in Trubbach,Switzerland.Her mother married and divorced a Swiss businessman;Hingis is now a Swiss national.Her home in Switzerland has it's own tennis court.Another house is being built in the Czech Republic, where her father still lives.She clouded over a little when I asked about him.
"I see him about two or three times a year,"she said."But I'm always
travelling round the world.All the other players don't see their families
so often either."
She's on the road 35 weeks a year,playing about 20 tournaments and two Federeation Cups."It's better than going to school for eight hours a day!" Her constant companion is her mother,also her coach and "best friend." Don't teenagers want to flee their mom?I asked."But we have a great relationship,"she replied,and meant it."we're very close.We have little fights,sure.But no problem.We end up laughing."
The Tennis Parent from Hell is a common syndrome,like showbiz mothers. Fathers might have the poorer record.(Steffi Graf's father has been in the slammer for financial irregurlarities related to her vast earnings; Mary Pierce took out a court order banning her father from seeing her.) Hingis's mother is very ambitious for her only daughter,no doubt.But the experts I've spoken to agree that she's bringing her along exactly right.
When I watched Hingis practice against a 22-year-old Czech man from
her hometown-the top women players hit with men,who can handle the speed and power-her mother was watching unobtrusively from the line.
They speak together in Czech.It was obvious their relationship was
relaxed and easy.
Prodigies are born,not made.But in nurturing Hingis' natural talent,
her mother knows what she's doing.She has actually held back the power
of Hingis's serve.The mechanics are perfect.But the stress on a young body can injure and weaken the back and shoulder.So she's building carefully. At present,Hingis just turns up her serve a notch or two when she has to. She doesn't train conventionally.She practices an hour or two a day, finding it boring.She prefers boxing (punching the bag),aerobics,in-line skating, biking, hiking, skiing, ice hockey.She has two horses and show jumps.In April,she was thrown from a friend's horse near her home in Switzerland and underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee. The damage wasn't major,and she took the scare in stride.But her mother wants her to keep her passion for riding,whatever the risks.It's a release from the high pressure of the circuit-a normal life.
We played this imaginary match.(A real match between us would have been ridiculous.)"It's the first round of the U.S. Open, and you've never
heard of me,"I suggested to Martina."My name's Joanna.I'm ranked 120 in
the world,and I'm going to blow you away."
She giggled at first.Then she looked at me calmly,as if I were nuts.
"It's not going to happen,"she said.
"You think you'll be back in the dressing room in 20 minutes,"I replied.
"But I'm good,Martina.And I'm going to beat you good.Here's my game plan. The first thing I do is pray.I'm praying my game is absolutely the best it can be,and yours is below form."
"It's a good prayer,"she said.
"I've got a fantastic serve,like a mule.You're going to be stretching
wide.I'm rushing the net.Crosscourt winner!Serve,volley,serve,volley!
Screamers down the line!I'm going to rough up your game and your rhythm."
"But I have a great return of serve.I'll pass you as you come in.Return
is my best shot."
"But the serve is going to be kicking into your body."
"I'm fast on court.I have a fast reaction."
"I'm fast,too,Martina.I'm fast and hard and I've nothing to lose.I'm going to come to the net and crush you."
"And I'm going to hit everything back faster and harder.I'll turn your
power against you.I can't make the power for myself too much.But I can take it off you.You don't see how strong I am.I can take your shot and play back the ball even harder.I'll pass you,play a lob,drop shot.And I'm going to play low and short.You can't play anything from there.You're going to lose power-and that's my chance.
"OK,"I said,though my confidence was ebbing."I change strategy.I stay back. I play from the back of the court."
She smiled."That's your death,for sure.I have great groundstrokes.Not
too many girls can hold up against them.I'll play from the back.I'll
let you run from one corner of the court to the other.All day,no problem.
But I might take the net.You won't know what I'll do.But if you stay
back,you're dead."
"She's the one!"Billie Jean King,the legend who revolutionized women's tennis,told me admiringly about Hingis."I like her cockiness and self-belief.She's not a passive woman.She's saying,'I'm here,and I'm really good,and I like being here.Watch me!'" She laughed lightly.
"We've felt for two or three years that she's the best in the world."
Could Billie Jean have beaten her when she was sixteen?"No way.Not
even close.It's like apples and oranges.Have you noticed how big these
girls are nowadays?We didn't even have professional women's tennis when I was sixteen.I used a wooden racket.You couldn't even crack an egg with a wooden racket."
Assuming Hingis stayed focused and healthy,what did King see as the
biggest dangers?"She has no history yet.She is only sixteen.She doesn't
have any memories of choking of losing to an unranked player.It will
happen.A bad patch happens to everyone.How will she handle herself?She's truly phenomenal,but there's also another young player out there who's also waiting in the wings.Maybe she's nine or ten years old-and we don't know who she is.In my case,this little girl named Chris Evert suddenly came along.Then Martina Navratilova came up to battle her.And it happens fast.Martina Hingis might not understand that there's always somebody who's going to give you fits."
I mentioned to Hingis that when Monica Seles was eighteen years old
and number one in the world,she told me that her heroes were Navratilova and Evert."When I was six years old,"Seles said,"I watched them play. And a few years later,I got to play them.It was the strangest feeling."
Hingis responded immediately:"It's the same for me.Because when I was little I always used to watch Monica Seles.She was my idol.She was
playing in a big tournament in Europe,and I got her autograph.I was so
excited to see her in person.And then,six months ago,I was playing her in a tournament in Oakland,and it was so weird.I was standing against her on the court!"
Hingis won 6-2,6-0.
Today,great players like Seles and Graf,in their 20s,seem like aging,
battle-scarred veterans.Neither of them will concede the crown to Hingis
without a fierce battle,and Graf,the seven-time Wimbledon champion,has
beaten Hingis twice on the Wimbledon grass.But that was yesterday.At 28, Steffi Graf has been playing half her life on the grinding international
circuit and over the past four years has suffered back and knee injuries.
At 24,Monica Seles is still gamely fighting to return to her best form
after she was stabbed in the back in 1993 by a German fan who thought
her number-one ranking should belong to Graf.Gabriela Sabatini has retired. The once irrepresible Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario seems burned-out at just 26.
The future belong to Hingis.The new generation includes the wildly
talented diamond in the rough,seventeen-year-old African-American
Venus Williams.And a stunning sixteen-year-old Russian,Anna Kournikova,
who has everything so far,except Hingis' discipline.Hingis has beaten
them both.But that,too,was yesterday,in the tennis game.Great champions need great opponents.Evert and Navratilova,Seles and Graf.The future center-court battles will be between Hingis, Kournikova and Williams, with luck.For the moment, Martina Hingis,with her $10 million Sergio Tacchini endorsement and untroubled, wonderful gifts, stands alone.It doesn't occur to her to look over her shoulder.

GogoGirl
Mar 4th, 2003, 12:03 AM
Wow - this article took me back. What a retrospective read.

This article proves Martina had it going on and her way for a while - and she reeked of confidence. I admit - she used to work my nerves at times - back then - but I got ova that. She dismissed Venus too quick there for a while - but she had to admit - in the end that Venus caught up and became her equal.

I've read a few comments credited to the Sisters lately - and she easily gives them their props. There will always be speculation about why Martina gave it up - for years to come - so again - all things are meant to be - or they wouldn't be.

Like Martina used to say w/a grin - "I had my chances." Very poignant statement.

o0O0o
Mar 4th, 2003, 04:19 AM
Yea this article puts things in perspective. Look at her confidence level there. :eek:

go hingis
Mar 4th, 2003, 07:35 AM
What a great read, makes me miss her more.

Come back Martina!

Miranda
Mar 4th, 2003, 07:44 AM
a great article but anna ;)

monicain
Mar 5th, 2003, 10:38 AM
and look at what we have in these days centre courts... :sad:

Daniel
Mar 5th, 2003, 02:12 PM
Nice article.

Thanks :)

Viva Martina!!!!

:D :D

stabelizebons
Mar 5th, 2003, 02:25 PM
She was good,really good. Her battles with Venus were classics.

seabiscuit
Mar 5th, 2003, 06:02 PM
yes, confidence is so sexy

jenny161185
Mar 5th, 2003, 06:43 PM
aww this is so sad i miss her so much. I think if she could have added power to her serve she would have still had a great rivalry with the williams , maybe thats whats shes doing now???I WISH!

Mark43
Mar 5th, 2003, 10:11 PM
Great read. I don't remember this article when it came out. Hingis was on the cover of GQ a few months later in June 1998. I think I have that mag somewhere.

Martian Stacey
Mar 5th, 2003, 11:38 PM
lol, thats really long, i'll have to read it later ;)

venusfan
Mar 6th, 2003, 12:27 AM
Nice article.. one of the reason why I dislike her back then.. Beating Venus and always saying she is 3000 points ahead. Now Venus catch up and will pass her and pretty soon will have more slams.. Serena who was never mention, passed her years ago, espcially after that spanking at the 2001 US Open semi..

Will miss Martina.. but there is hope for Pornikova.

samsam4087
Sep 18th, 2009, 02:40 PM
Born to Serve

Martina Hingis has been burning up the courts since she was too small
to see over the net.Now she's a new breed of champion,John Heilpern
finds,whose self-confidence is as dazzling as her game.


At sixteen,Martina Hingis,the Tiger Woods of tennis,is the youngest
player to hold the number-one ranking.She also happens to have made her first million dollars faster than any other player,male or female.But
there are many firsts about the phenomenal Hingis,for there has never
been a star on the women's circuit like her,and none quite so gifted.
"Talents like this happen once or twice in a lifetime,"says Nick
Bolletieri,the renowned Florida coach of,among many champions,Andre
Aggasi,Boris Becker,and Monica Seles.He remembers seeing Hingis playing
in the junior French Open when she was twelve."She was awful sloppy.
No serve.But once she played the points,she knew exactly what to do with the ball.She had an animal instinct for the game,an exceptionally
strong mentality.I saw it then.She's just a born winner."
Two years ago,the fourteen-year-old Hingis visited the Bollettieri
Sports Academy with her mother,Melanie Molitor,a top-ranked tennis player in her native Czechoslovakia and now her daughter's coach."My advice was don't chnage a thing,"Bolletieri recalls."There was nothing I could do for her."
Early this year,Hingis won the Australian Open,demolishing the former
prodigy Mary Pierce 6-2,6-2,in the final,and became the youngest Grand Slam champion since Lottie Dod won Wimbledon 110 years ago.
Lottie Dod,where are you now?Martina Hingis-named after Martina
Navratilova and destined her mother says,to become a top tennis star
since she came out of the womb-is a cool new breed of champion who not only seems unbeatable but says so.When she also won the doubles championships at the Australian Open-the first to win both singles and doubles titles there since Navratilova in 1985-she announced in tactless candor."I should play mixed doubles next year but I have to give someone else a chance to win an event!"
The young-and amiable-Hingis can't help herself.Her sunny confidence
isn't vanity.At sixteen,she plays with the skills of a veteran.At the
same time,her elegant ease on court reminds us that tennis was once a
game before it became a tough competitive circus.She feels no pressure;
she relishes victory.She's like a chess master who looks her opponent in
the eyes and says,quite pleasently,"Checkmate in two moves."
When we met earlier in the season during the Lipton Championships in
Key Biscayne,Florida,she told me with the casual certainty of an astronomer knowing the sun also rises that there was no logical reason she shouldn't win the tournament.Which she did,rolling over Monica Seles in the final,6-2,6-1.
Mary Carillo,the CBS tennis commentator.points out,"The kid is a true
original.Most players,particularly at her age,just want to hit the crap
out of the ball.But she's got a great feel for the game,a maturity and
guile and feathery touch that's coming from a different place.She's
comfortable in every part of the court which is very rare.She moves like
a dancer not a jock.Her backhand down the left court is a thing of beauty. John McEnroe said that he wnated to take the game to a level that most people can't comprehend.Hingis wants to do the same thing.She's making shots you dream about."
Martina Hingis was born September 30,1980,in Kosice,Czechoslovakia.
(Navratilova and Ivan Lendl,naturalized Americans,are also Czech-born.)
Her father coached tennis at a locla club;her mother was ranked twentieth in the country.Hingis was about eleven years old when,to her embarrassment, she started to beat her mother."As soon as I beat her her,I didn't want to play her,"she told me."I only wanted to play left-handed against her."
She first held a racket when she was two."I had just learned to walk.
I had a normal-size wooden racket,but the grip was cut away so I could
get my hand round it.We didn't practice too long-about 20 minutes a day in the house.Mum would toss me the ball.I started playing on a real court when I was three years old."
How could she see over the net?"I couldn't!You can see a little bit
through the net.But I only saw the ball when it was coming at me.I was
four when I played my first tournament."
A tournament for four-year-olds?"It was for upto nine-years-olds,"
she replied and laughed."I lost very badly.I knew where to stand and how to play a little bit,but I couldn't make it then.I lost 12-0,but i had my chances in every game."
Hingis doesn't take losing lightly.Here she is,the world's number one,
remembering her first loss,age four.And there's an implication that she
did better than it seems,and might even have won-as if it still matters.
I had chances in every game!
When did she know she could really play?"Since I was nine,"she said,
"when I started to play the international tournaments for fourteen-year-olds. At ten,I was winning some of them.At eleven,I won the European Championships. At twelve,the Junior French Open,which is open to eighteen-year-olds.I was the youngest to win it.At thirteen,I won the Junior U.S. Open and Junior Wimbledon.If I can say so,I would be stupid if I didn't play tennis."
Martina Hingis' parents seperated when she was seven,and her mother took her to live in Trubbach,Switzerland.Her mother married and divorced a Swiss businessman;Hingis is now a Swiss national.Her home in Switzerland has it's own tennis court.Another house is being built in the Czech Republic, where her father still lives.She clouded over a little when I asked about him.
"I see him about two or three times a year,"she said."But I'm always
travelling round the world.All the other players don't see their families
so often either."
She's on the road 35 weeks a year,playing about 20 tournaments and two Federeation Cups."It's better than going to school for eight hours a day!" Her constant companion is her mother,also her coach and "best friend." Don't teenagers want to flee their mom?I asked."But we have a great relationship,"she replied,and meant it."we're very close.We have little fights,sure.But no problem.We end up laughing."
The Tennis Parent from Hell is a common syndrome,like showbiz mothers. Fathers might have the poorer record.(Steffi Graf's father has been in the slammer for financial irregurlarities related to her vast earnings; Mary Pierce took out a court order banning her father from seeing her.) Hingis's mother is very ambitious for her only daughter,no doubt.But the experts I've spoken to agree that she's bringing her along exactly right.
When I watched Hingis practice against a 22-year-old Czech man from
her hometown-the top women players hit with men,who can handle the speed and power-her mother was watching unobtrusively from the line.
They speak together in Czech.It was obvious their relationship was
relaxed and easy.
Prodigies are born,not made.But in nurturing Hingis' natural talent,
her mother knows what she's doing.She has actually held back the power
of Hingis's serve.The mechanics are perfect.But the stress on a young body can injure and weaken the back and shoulder.So she's building carefully. At present,Hingis just turns up her serve a notch or two when she has to. She doesn't train conventionally.She practices an hour or two a day, finding it boring.She prefers boxing (punching the bag),aerobics,in-line skating, biking, hiking, skiing, ice hockey.She has two horses and show jumps.In April,she was thrown from a friend's horse near her home in Switzerland and underwent arthroscopic surgery on her left knee. The damage wasn't major,and she took the scare in stride.But her mother wants her to keep her passion for riding,whatever the risks.It's a release from the high pressure of the circuit-a normal life.
We played this imaginary match.(A real match between us would have been ridiculous.)"It's the first round of the U.S. Open, and you've never
heard of me,"I suggested to Martina."My name's Joanna.I'm ranked 120 in
the world,and I'm going to blow you away."
She giggled at first.Then she looked at me calmly,as if I were nuts.
"It's not going to happen,"she said.
"You think you'll be back in the dressing room in 20 minutes,"I replied.
"But I'm good,Martina.And I'm going to beat you good.Here's my game plan. The first thing I do is pray.I'm praying my game is absolutely the best it can be,and yours is below form."
"It's a good prayer,"she said.
"I've got a fantastic serve,like a mule.You're going to be stretching
wide.I'm rushing the net.Crosscourt winner!Serve,volley,serve,volley!
Screamers down the line!I'm going to rough up your game and your rhythm."
"But I have a great return of serve.I'll pass you as you come in.Return
is my best shot."
"But the serve is going to be kicking into your body."
"I'm fast on court.I have a fast reaction."
"I'm fast,too,Martina.I'm fast and hard and I've nothing to lose.I'm going to come to the net and crush you."
"And I'm going to hit everything back faster and harder.I'll turn your
power against you.I can't make the power for myself too much.But I can take it off you.You don't see how strong I am.I can take your shot and play back the ball even harder.I'll pass you,play a lob,drop shot.And I'm going to play low and short.You can't play anything from there.You're going to lose power-and that's my chance.
"OK,"I said,though my confidence was ebbing."I change strategy.I stay back. I play from the back of the court."
She smiled."That's your death,for sure.I have great groundstrokes.Not
too many girls can hold up against them.I'll play from the back.I'll
let you run from one corner of the court to the other.All day,no problem.
But I might take the net.You won't know what I'll do.But if you stay
back,you're dead."
"She's the one!"Billie Jean King,the legend who revolutionized women's tennis,told me admiringly about Hingis."I like her cockiness and self-belief.She's not a passive woman.She's saying,'I'm here,and I'm really good,and I like being here.Watch me!'" She laughed lightly.
"We've felt for two or three years that she's the best in the world."
Could Billie Jean have beaten her when she was sixteen?"No way.Not
even close.It's like apples and oranges.Have you noticed how big these
girls are nowadays?We didn't even have professional women's tennis when I was sixteen.I used a wooden racket.You couldn't even crack an egg with a wooden racket."
Assuming Hingis stayed focused and healthy,what did King see as the
biggest dangers?"She has no history yet.She is only sixteen.She doesn't
have any memories of choking of losing to an unranked player.It will
happen.A bad patch happens to everyone.How will she handle herself?She's truly phenomenal,but there's also another young player out there who's also waiting in the wings.Maybe she's nine or ten years old-and we don't know who she is.In my case,this little girl named Chris Evert suddenly came along.Then Martina Navratilova came up to battle her.And it happens fast.Martina Hingis might not understand that there's always somebody who's going to give you fits."
I mentioned to Hingis that when Monica Seles was eighteen years old
and number one in the world,she told me that her heroes were Navratilova and Evert."When I was six years old,"Seles said,"I watched them play. And a few years later,I got to play them.It was the strangest feeling."
Hingis responded immediately:"It's the same for me.Because when I was little I always used to watch Monica Seles.She was my idol.She was
playing in a big tournament in Europe,and I got her autograph.I was so
excited to see her in person.And then,six months ago,I was playing her in a tournament in Oakland,and it was so weird.I was standing against her on the court!"
Hingis won 6-2,6-0.
Today,great players like Seles and Graf,in their 20s,seem like aging,
battle-scarred veterans.Neither of them will concede the crown to Hingis
without a fierce battle,and Graf,the seven-time Wimbledon champion,has
beaten Hingis twice on the Wimbledon grass.But that was yesterday.At 28, Steffi Graf has been playing half her life on the grinding international
circuit and over the past four years has suffered back and knee injuries.
At 24,Monica Seles is still gamely fighting to return to her best form
after she was stabbed in the back in 1993 by a German fan who thought
her number-one ranking should belong to Graf.Gabriela Sabatini has retired. The once irrepresible Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario seems burned-out at just 26.
The future belong to Hingis.The new generation includes the wildly
talented diamond in the rough,seventeen-year-old African-American
Venus Williams.And a stunning sixteen-year-old Russian,Anna Kournikova,
who has everything so far,except Hingis' discipline.Hingis has beaten
them both.But that,too,was yesterday,in the tennis game.Great champions need great opponents.Evert and Navratilova,Seles and Graf.The future center-court battles will be between Hingis, Kournikova and Williams, with luck.For the moment, Martina Hingis,with her $10 million Sergio Tacchini endorsement and untroubled, wonderful gifts, stands alone.It doesn't occur to her to look over her shoulder.

Thanks for sharing!

:worship::worship::worship:

Caralenko
Sep 18th, 2009, 02:46 PM
By far, the weirdest bump ever made by samsam. This deserves congratulations and/or punishment.

Sund7101
Sep 18th, 2009, 02:50 PM
There will never be another Martina!

HRHoliviasmith
Sep 18th, 2009, 03:00 PM
this thread is 6 years old. wow. :o

I love this haircut.

http://www.tennisforum.com/customavatars/avatar1125_6.gif

samsam4087
Sep 18th, 2009, 03:03 PM
this thread is 6 years old. wow. :o

I love this haircut.

http://www.tennisforum.com/customavatars/avatar1125_6.gif

:worship::worship::worship:

Polikarpov
Sep 18th, 2009, 03:48 PM
"Talents like this happen once or twice in a lifetime,"says NickBolletieri,the renowned Florida coach of,among many champions,Andre Agassi,Boris Becker,and Monica Seles.He remembers seeing Hingis playing in the junior French Open when she was twelve." She was awful sloppy. No serve. But once she played the points,she knew exactly what to do with the ball.She had an animal instinct for the game,an exceptionally
strong mentality. I saw it then. She's just a born winner."

Love you Martina! It's a shame she didn't grow physically stronger.

pollison
Sep 18th, 2009, 03:52 PM
great article...

i love the bit about venus.."wildly talented":)

Polikarpov
Sep 18th, 2009, 04:04 PM
But in nurturing Hingis' natural talent, her mother knows what she's doing.She has actually held back the power of Hingis's serve. The mechanics are perfect.But the stress on a young body can injure and weaken the back and shoulder.So she's building carefully. At present, Hingis just turns up her serve a notch or two when she has to.

This I think is one of her mother's most costly mistakes.

thegreendestiny
Sep 18th, 2009, 04:22 PM
If only she served harder...

Wannabeknowitall
Sep 18th, 2009, 04:24 PM
This article is older than some posters on here. :lol:

sweetpeas
Sep 18th, 2009, 05:53 PM
Let dieing horse's die!

Chrissie-fan
Sep 18th, 2009, 06:22 PM
I love Hingis. At her best she turned tennis into an art form. :worship::worship::worship::worship:

Rocker Fellow
Oct 26th, 2009, 10:25 AM
Miss Hingis, some say Jesus loves you (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anaO025OE-g), I'ain't no holy but I love you (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anaO025OE-g) too; it's secret you (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anaO025OE-g) don't tell to anyone.

1997 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckvDo2JHB7o)

Sombrerero loco
Oct 30th, 2009, 02:29 AM
There will never be another Martina!

for sure.
Martina is the best player ever...
I love Martina Hingis..