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Mark for Martina
May 29th, 2003, 02:12 AM
as a spectator...

PARIS - Martina Hingis has happily swapped sitting atop women’s tennis with sitting on a horse named Laetitia.

“I play all kinds of other sports,” the five-time Grand Slam champion told Tuesday’s L’Equipe after roaming the grounds of Roland Garros as a spectator Monday.

Hingis, who ruled women’s tennis mostly from 1997 to 2001, has said her pro tennis career is probably over due to persistent foot injuries, and she’s keeping busy with other activities.

She rides her horse every day and competes in equestrian events, she spent the winter skiing and has a bandaged left arm to show for her skateboarding, L’Equipe quoted Hingis as saying. The 22-year-old has been living quietly near Zurich, attending college to perfect her English.

“I’m doing everything I can to stay physically and mentally fresh,” said Hingis, who said earlier this year she was ready to retire after operations to her ankles in 2001 and 2002.

“The chapter is closed. I can’t play anymore,” she told L’Equipe. “Life goes on. I don’t train at all anymore. I live in the future and not in the past.”

One upside is that her testy relations with other players have improved, said Hingis.

Monday night, Hingis said she bumped into No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt and his girlfriend, No. 4 Kim Clijsters, at an ice-cream shop on the Champs-Elysées. They hugged.

“Relations have become a lot more friendly,” Hingis said. AP

spencercarlos
May 29th, 2003, 04:27 AM
Oic sad because Hingis had a great talent, maybe she´ll get back after some years, a la Jennifer hopefully :)

Cam'ron Giles
May 29th, 2003, 05:28 AM
I would pay big bucks to see her run into Venus...:eek:

Miranda
May 29th, 2003, 06:25 AM
"I live in the future and not in the past" :), wise words, I admire Hingis more and more, if for me, i will be feelign very down when thinking of how many more titles i will win if not for this injury but she still thinks positivley and move on :worship: :worship:

Chance
May 29th, 2003, 06:31 AM
LOL me too Topshotta.

Hingis sounds she is enjoying life... which in the end is the most important thing but it would be nice to see her back on the tour.

stephano hair
May 29th, 2003, 07:35 AM
hingis always had a great attitude and it is great 2 c that she still has it. u will always be the best number 1 in my heart hingis :)

live life to da fullest! :D