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We've heard a lot about Melanie, but what about Martina's dad? What I've heard about him is that:

- His name's 'Karol'.
- Melanie married a businessman so she and Martina could escape from Communist Czechoslovakia in the 80s.
- He's now working as a keeper in a local tennis club.


What's the relationship between Martina and her dad like? Is it anything similar to Justine's situation, or is it better?

Sorry about being so inquisitive. It's just that as a Martina fan, I find it strange nearly everything about Melanie and the mother-daughter relationship has been covered, while the dad has been left out.
 

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I have an article that should answer your questions saved on a CD somewhere, so i'll dig it up and post it for you.
 

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As promised :)

This article is dated January 9 2001, so its a bit old, but its all i've got.


Hingis' father talks of fragile relationship


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The father of the world's No.1 female tennis player, Martina Hingis, says in a rare interview with a Slovak magazine that their relationship is fragile and far from ideal.

In an interview in this week's edition of the Plus 7 Dni weekly, the 49-year-old said his relationship with his daughter is "hanging on a thread," and "if it can't be what I would like it to be, I at least try not to spoil it."

He added that out of respect for his daughter, he avoids the public eye.

Karol Hingis has had little contact with his daughter since the divorce from his wife, Melanie, 13 years ago.

Martina Hingis and her mother left former Czechoslovakia in 1987 and moved to Switzerland. Melanie Hingis has since remarried a computer scientist, while Karol Hingis remained in Slovakia, moving into an apartment with his mother in the eastern city of Kosice.

According to Czechoslovak law, Hingis had to give a written consent to his daughter's emigration.

"It wasn't easy for me, but I was convinced that I'm doing the right thing and that Martina would one day be grateful to me," Hingis said in the interview.

Over the years, Hingis has been reduced to following his daughter's success on television. Contact has taken the form of telephone calls or occasional meetings in the neighbouring Czech Republic.

No explanation was given in the interview for this lack of communication.

Hingis also spoke of the difficulties his daughter faced adjusting to life in Switzerland in the early years.

Changes included the high cost of training in Switzerland compared to the former Czechoslovakia, where it was free.

Karol Hingis, whose prize possessions are two Yonex tennis racquets given to him by his daughter, works at the Return tennis club in Kosice. Among his responsibilities is tennis court maintenance.
 

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Martian Stacey said:
As promised :)

This article is dated January 9 2001, so its a bit old, but its all i've got.


Hingis' father talks of fragile relationship


AAP --
The father of the world's No.1 female tennis player, Martina Hingis, says in a rare interview with a Slovak magazine that their relationship is fragile and far from ideal.

In an interview in this week's edition of the Plus 7 Dni weekly, the 49-year-old said his relationship with his daughter is "hanging on a thread," and "if it can't be what I would like it to be, I at least try not to spoil it."

He added that out of respect for his daughter, he avoids the public eye.

Karol Hingis has had little contact with his daughter since the divorce from his wife, Melanie, 13 years ago.

Martina Hingis and her mother left former Czechoslovakia in 1987 and moved to Switzerland. Melanie Hingis has since remarried a computer scientist, while Karol Hingis remained in Slovakia, moving into an apartment with his mother in the eastern city of Kosice.

According to Czechoslovak law, Hingis had to give a written consent to his daughter's emigration.

"It wasn't easy for me, but I was convinced that I'm doing the right thing and that Martina would one day be grateful to me," Hingis said in the interview.

Over the years, Hingis has been reduced to following his daughter's success on television. Contact has taken the form of telephone calls or occasional meetings in the neighbouring Czech Republic.

No explanation was given in the interview for this lack of communication.

Hingis also spoke of the difficulties his daughter faced adjusting to life in Switzerland in the early years.

Changes included the high cost of training in Switzerland compared to the former Czechoslovakia, where it was free.

Karol Hingis, whose prize possessions are two Yonex tennis racquets given to him by his daughter, works at the Return tennis club in Kosice. Among his responsibilities is tennis court maintenance.
Thank you very much! :D

Wow. I feel really bad for Karol. It must be really painful to not share in his daughter's success. Not in a $$$-fame-fortune way, but in a family oriented one.

I wonder how bad the situation is between father and daughter for them to have such minimal contact. Martina hardly gave any sign of what her relationship with her dad was like, although I imagine it would be fairly strained if he's barely passing through each day as a groundkeeper while Martina's earning tens of millions a year.

Of course, I respect their privacy and what goes on between them is their own business. But still, it's weird how much publicity Melanie gets (even though she tries her best to avoid it) and how little is mentioned of Karol :sad:

(Unfortunately, I couldn't rep you for your effort, as I've given too many green dots in these "past 24 hours". But I will as soon as the board allows me to).
 

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You're welcome Veritas :) And thats cool about the rep ;)

Who knows, their situation may have changed over the last 5 years :shrug:
 

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wow poor marti and Karol - must have been hard for both :(
 

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Karol Hingis's real name is Károly Hingis, and he is hungarian.
 

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Martina said she wasn't ready to have him travel on the tour with her, because she would have to get him used to the life on the tour and that the entoruage she has now is fine. When she skipped Rome in 2000 and went home, one of her practice sessions was rained out, so she went to meet her dad and they went for a walk and that made his year. (Source: Venus Envy)
 

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Agassi Fan said:
Karol Hingis's real name is Károly Hingis, and he is hungarian.

yeah i noticed that both "Hingis" and "Molitor" are not Czech/Slovak surnames. What is Melanie's original surname?

It's kind of an odd coincidence that Hingis and Seles are both backdoor Hungarians.
 

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vogus said:
yeah i noticed that both "Hingis" and "Molitor" are not Czech/Slovak surnames. What is Melanie's original surname?

It's kind of an odd coincidence that Hingis and Seles are both backdoor Hungarians.
Backdoor Hungarians is one of my favorite porns!!! LOL jk ;)
 

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So it should be HingiSH? :confused:
 

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hingis is rare czech-slovakian surname!
just lake vaidis vaidisova czech
there nothing about hungarian there!
I also heard for rubis, kocis, beris, this is slovakian!
 
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