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Rosslyn
Nov 21st, 2007, 03:02 PM
http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-7094015,00.html

King believes Hingis is innocent
By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - As a player who has been involved with tennis for almost half a century, Billie Jean King was lost for words when she tried to sum up the 2007 season.

After fidgeting with her glasses and staring at the ceiling of the Nursery Pavilion in Lord's cricket ground for what seemed like an eternity, she shrugged her shoulders and said: "It's so weird."

With plotlines straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster, the genteel sport of tennis has been left reeling over the past three months with allegations of match-fixing, gambling, doping and even poisoning overshadowing the on-court action.

Topping King's list of most surprising revelations was Martina Hingis's announcement that she had failed a drugs test at Wimbledon.
An emotional Hingis stunned the sporting world earlier this month when she declared she had tested positive for cocaine in June. The Swiss, who promptly retired from tennis, insisted she had never taken any drugs.

"It just doesn't make sense... it's just not her," King told Reuters in an interview.

"She was going to retire anyway. I do believe Martina Hingis. If she says she hasn't taken it, I believe it.

"Maybe she went out to a party... and others had dope around and leave it on tables and if you get it on your hands and maybe you ingest it and you don't even know. There are so many possibilities now. It's just not in Hingis's character. I'd stand by her.

"Characters are revealing and I think it's great she came out first and took it head on. That's a pretty good sign too as a lot of players always wait (for an official announcement) and she thought to heck with it. That was smart."

But the 63-year-old King, who won 39 grand slam singles and doubles title during her illustrious career and is credited with changing the face of women's tennis, admitted the allegations have hurt the sport's image.

"None of this ever helps but I don't think it's fair (to focus)... on one or two incidents when you've got thousands of women and girls playing throughout the world," said King after receiving a Sony Ericsson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sportswomen of the Year Awards.

INCREDIBLE HENIN

Tapping the table with her knuckles, she added: "Knock on wood after this year... I don't know of any other players ever to think about taking drugs. They are so healthy, especially the top ones. They are so into fitness. You can't perform (by taking drugs) especially one-on-one."

Even though tennis hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons, King felt people should not forget the on-court achievements of players such as world number one Justine Henin, who won 10 titles including two grand slams in 2007 despite the break down of her marriage.

"I think the Justine Henin story for women's tennis this year is just (fantastic)," said King.

"She's the greatest athlete considering her size and everything. She's the best for her size ever to have lived. She's incredible.
"I admire her as it takes a lot of courage to say that 'I'm having family troubles and I'm going to figure it out and make it right again'.

"Most people want to have the tension and argue... and love that tension to go on for the rest of their lives so they can always blame somebody.
"She seems more centred and is getting better than ever," added King about a player who lost only four matches all year.

(Editing by Alison Wildey)

plantman
Nov 21st, 2007, 04:45 PM
Thanks for the article Rosslyn!:)
I'm very happy to see that she's backing Hingis.:) Also a "fantastic" comment on Justine ....INCREDIBLE HENIN:bounce: :bounce: also...."She's the greatest athlete.....":worship:

bie
Nov 21st, 2007, 05:01 PM
About Martina, nobody is guilty before proved guilty so I won't judge before the definite official statement. :)

Thanks to BJK for her positive words about JuJu altough I knew it al along that Justine is incredible! :worship:

http://users.pandora.be/bie/biehappie/Justine-bekers01.jpg

Roland Garros '03,'05,'06,'07
US Open '03,'07
Australian Open '04
Olympic Gold '04
YEC Madrid '06,'07
39 titles
92 weeks # 1
... and counting ...

sharapovarulz1
Nov 21st, 2007, 05:58 PM
Great article thanks :) it is nice to see she is backing Hingis and she gave credit to Henin who in all fairness has had a incredible 2007 on-court even though things off court were bad!

Cam'ron Giles
Nov 21st, 2007, 06:03 PM
Oh give it a rest...she tried coke...so what? Why is she not fighting it? She has accepted it and moved on...please do the same...:rolleyes:

DimaDinosaur
Nov 21st, 2007, 06:24 PM
Players and coke :sad:

LoveFifteen
Nov 21st, 2007, 08:24 PM
Oh give it a rest...she tried coke...so what? Why is she not fighting it? She has accepted it and moved on...please do the same...:rolleyes:

She is fighting it.

irinska
Nov 21st, 2007, 08:29 PM
Good on BJK.
And Martina is fighting it just because she didn't take anything.
It's not a big problem these days to say that you've tried cocaine but she didn't.

Max565
Nov 21st, 2007, 08:56 PM
Good. She needs big names like King, Federer, Davenport, Becker supporting her... ;)

and she is fighting the allegations.

the doctor
Nov 21st, 2007, 09:50 PM
Thanks Rosslyn.I agree with BJK

Forehand_Volley
Nov 21st, 2007, 10:48 PM
After fidgeting with her glasses and staring at the ceiling of the Nursery Pavilion in Lord's cricket ground for what seemed like an eternity, she shrugged her shoulders and said: "It's so weird."
How motherly of BJK. She rocks!
Topping King's list of most surprising revelations was Martina Hingis's announcement that she had failed a drugs test at Wimbledon. An emotional Hingis stunned the sporting world earlier this month when she declared she had tested positive for cocaine in June. The Swiss, who promptly retired from tennis, insisted she had never taken any drugs.

"It just doesn't make sense... it's just not her," King told Reuters in an interview.

"She was going to retire anyway. I do believe Martina Hingis. If she says she hasn't taken it, I believe it.

"Maybe she went out to a party... and others had dope around and leave it on tables and if you get it on your hands and maybe you ingest it and you don't even know. There are so many possibilities now. It's just not in Hingis's character. I'd stand by her.

"Characters are revealing and I think it's great she came out first and took it head on. That's a pretty good sign too as a lot of players always wait (for an official announcement) and she thought to heck with it. That was smart."

But the 63-year-old King, who won 39 grand slam singles and doubles title during her illustrious career and is credited with changing the face of women's tennis, admitted the allegations have hurt the sport's image.

"None of this ever helps but I don't think it's fair (to focus)... on one or two incidents when you've got thousands of women and girls playing throughout the world," said King after receiving a Sony Ericsson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sportswomen of the Year Awards.
Okay.

I love BJK and think she's the most prolific woman in sports history. She deserves to have her voice heard.

However, I think the Hingis Coke scandal has prompted some plausible denial on her part. BJK knows that the Hingis Coke scandal isn't good for women's sports and she's all about promoting women's sports. So, its not surprising BJK would support Hingis. BJK's conspiratorial inference that Hingis somehow absorbed Cocaine into her system by touching it, or that someone put it in her drink is absolutely absurd and without merit.

I'm not shocked that BJK would be in support of Hingis because of the professional way Hingis has went about her career and what Hingis has brought the sport. BUT, equating Hingis' professional behavior/character on a world stage with personal substance abuse behavior has swiss cheese-like holes in its logic.

There are thousands of professionals not only in sports, but politics, the business world, etc (physicians included) that appear to be consummate professionals, but have been found to have substance abuse problems in their personal lives which is shocking because it was out of character for them.

BJK somehow equates Hingis' bold move to unilaterally announce the cocaine disclosure with innocence. She would have a better argument had Hingis not chosen to retire so abruptly and decided to stay in the game while fighting the accusation. The sudden break-up of Hingis' relationship before Wimbledon also doesn't help Hingis' plight. Its not uncommon for people to do things during relationship break-ups that they otherwise wouldn't.

I think both BJK and Hingis are great. And in spite of the cocaine accusations, I still think Hingis rocks. My disappointment is that she just doesn't own up to it and go on with her life.

What BJK fails to mention is that substance abuse on the ATP tour in the '80's was a well-known secret in tennis circles.

treufreund
Nov 21st, 2007, 11:14 PM
BJK praising QUEEN JUSTINE and defeding MARTINA. :worship:

frontier
Nov 21st, 2007, 11:27 PM
What else can she say she probably has a crush on Hingis,she doesnt live with Hingis in Europe.There is no excuse for doping and it mustnt be condoned .Billie!Hingis is a doper deal with it!

Apoleb
Nov 21st, 2007, 11:32 PM
I wish people would stop making judgements on whether she's innocent or not. As if they know her personal life.

kittyking
Nov 21st, 2007, 11:40 PM
No one (apart from the Ron Paul supporters) thinks that Martina Hingis is guilty....thats because shes not, Martina has a brain we all saw that during her career (both on and off the court)

chuvack
Nov 21st, 2007, 11:47 PM
BJK defeding MARTINA. :worship:


its a shame to see BJK sinking to the level of the many retards on this board.

Great post above by Forehand Volley to explain why King has little creidibility on this issue. Her comments are basicly meaningless.

chuvack
Nov 21st, 2007, 11:51 PM
No one (apart from the Ron Paul supporters) thinks that Martina Hingis is guilty....thats because shes not, Martina has a brain we all saw that during her career (both on and off the court)


you are an idiot if you think its not possible that Hingis did coke a few times. Its totally possible, you and many others here need to admit this and get out of denial.

kittyking
Nov 22nd, 2007, 12:48 AM
you are an idiot if you think its not possible that Hingis did coke a few times. Its totally possible, you and many others here need to admit this and get out of denial.

As I've said in the other thread Martina Hingis is the Teresa of the tennis court. She is an absolute angel and will forever be remembered for her greatness.

Drake1980
Nov 22nd, 2007, 02:09 AM
No one (apart from the Ron Paul supporters) thinks that Martina Hingis is guilty....thats because shes not, Martina has a brain we all saw that during her career (both on and off the court)

well said:bowdown:

Drake1980
Nov 22nd, 2007, 02:10 AM
As I've said in the other thread Martina Hingis is the Teresa of the tennis court. She is an absolute angel and will forever be remembered for her greatness.

and again:worship: I didn`t know you were a fan but I`m happy you are!