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Hingis in Tears with Thai Tsunami Orphans

Mon Feb 7, 9:30 AM ET
Sports - Reuters

PHUKET, Thailand (Reuters) - Former tennis world No. 1 Martina Hingis (news) was reduced to tears Monday after meeting children orphaned by the tsunami in Thailand.


She traveled to Patong Beach on the island of Phuket, after making a one-match comeback in a tournament in Pattaya, and met street children being cared for by a charity organization.

After seeing the work being done to restore shops and restaurants along the beach road, she visited the Patong Municipality School and was greeted by around 50 children who had lost their parents in the tsunami.

When one small child came up and took her hand, it was too much for the Swiss woman to bear.

"Seeing the kids who have lost so much is what really stands out from my week in Thailand," Hingis told reporters.

"But also seeing the things which were destroyed - the streets and the beach, and the atmosphere. It's so quiet.

"You really want people to come back, but it would be better if people were able to come and help somehow instead of just sitting on the beach. That would feel strange to me."

Hingis, a goodwill ambassador for the World Health Organization (news - web sites), agreed last year to play in Pattaya to raise funds for organizations looking after women and children who suffered abuse and deprivation.

The 24-year-old, winner of five grand slam singles titles, retired in late 2002 because of injury.












 

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I am really touched by these pictures. It's so good to see a tennis star using her fame to highlight the plight of these poor people. I hope Hingis gets a lot of respect for this. Even more so because she seems so genuine and not to be looking for any recognition, just out there to do what she can.
 

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AWW... Martina!! :hug:

Good for her... But I think that might spur her more to do more volunteeer work than go on tour... :sad:
 

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Aaaawww :)

That's touching.. Nice article and photos :)
 

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Martina Hingis :worship: : You have a great heart, girl ! See ya at Antwerp on Sunday :bounce:
 

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She has got Heaven :)

Great for Martina.. she could work for things like this, she is very well known all over the globe
 

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Marti :kiss:

She has been really nice to the Thai people by spending time in their country and really doing what she can for them.

She always looked so confident and untouchable on a tennis court; Look at her here; she really is a nice person. No one can fake those tears... i am really impressed with her efforts lately. I really hope she can come back. :kiss:
 

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definitelty makes her comeback to tennis and loss last week seem quite unimportant in the grand scheme.

of course we want her back, but seeing things like this would make the pain of the loss pretty small and who knows might make her fight for her career
 
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