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I Was Only Joking....
One of the most famous jokes in tennis is the Hingis Curse: Get chummy with Martina Hingis, ruin your career.

It is a joke, isn't it?

Joke or not, Hingis turns 23 next Tuesday, so we thought we'd take a look.

The Standard Hingis Curse is considered to be on her tennis boyfriends. And that's a pretty ugly story. First there was Julian Alonso. Anyone remember him? For a while, given his serve, he was regarded as a real prospect. Reached #53 in the world in 1998.

How far gone is Alonso? He last played an ATP qualifying match in 2001. His last ATP win came at Bucharest 2000. He was just about Hingis's age at the time -- he turned 23 in August of that year.

Victim #1.

Then there is Magnus Norman. Remember Hingis cheering him on in the 2000 Roland Garros final? Remember what he's done since? He hasn't won a title since Shanghai 2000, and has had constant surgeries, and is likely to end this year ranked below #100.

Victim #2.

Then there is Ivo Heuberger. He hardly needed Hingis to curse him, since he never went anywhere anyway. But who can say what would have happened had they not been friends?

Victim #3.

That's usually considered to be the Official Hingis Curse List, but it's worth looking at what happened to Hingis's closest female friends. Back around the beginning of 1997, she listed her closest friends on the Tour as Iva Majoli and Anke Huber.

Anyone noticed what Majoli has done in the past six years?

Victim #4.

Huber wasn't as badly jinxed; she managed to retire in the Top 20. But that was only after years of injury.

Victim #5.

Later on, Hingis informally adopted Mirjana Lucic and even helped her to win the Australian Open doubles title. Heard much from Lucic lately?

Victim #6.

Finally, Hingis came to be really close to Anna Kournikova -- despite their one big fight, Hingis was closer to Kournikova than to any other player toward the end of her time on the Tour. The fact that their pairing was a publicist's dream -- as well as the world's best doubles team -- doesn't change the fact that, after initially being rivals, they became fast friends; Kournikova is reportedly the one non-Swiss player with whom Hingis remains in regular contact.

And we all know what Kournikova is going through. Victim #7.

And, finally, there is Hingis herself, who if you examine her numbers from 1996 to 2001 projected out to be about the fifth-best player of the Open Era in singles, and in doubles projected out to be better than any player other than Martina I. But she first started getting injured (1998), and then turned into a head case (1999 and beyond).

Maybe it's just as well she isn't coming back. Can all that be coincidence?

Well, of course it's coincidence. The first law of coincidences is, "Coincidences happen." But it's still pretty amazing.

From Bob Larson´s tennisnewsletter.
 
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I am a Hingis Fan and I know people talk about the Hingis Curse and I talked about it a long time ago.

But the first one was Justin Gilmestob.
He is the Victim #1
He was Martina boyfriend when the press guess he whould be the new Sampras.
So do you what happened to him after Martina....

The victim #2 was Julian Alonso he ranked #30 when he started with Martina and He was the hope of Spanish people. ( the future champion).
He stopped to play tennis at 21 years old and blame Martina for this.

so another former boyfriends

Chris Calkin
The attorney worked at prosecutor office, he lost his job and Now nobody talked about him


SERGIO GARCIA the golf player he was ranked #4 when Martina was his girlfriend after Martina He could do the CUT.
He down the ranking he made only one CUT at one Majors.
and His ranking is above #14 today.
 

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Damn, Martina! What are you doing with the guys?!
 

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i believe schett was also one of her friends when martina was at the top :eek:

damn it martina! i want iva and mirjana (and anke and babsi) in the top 10!!
 

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caelestia said:
lucky for them, she wasn't friends with Venus and Serena ;)
no kidding. :lol:
 

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Jennifer Capriati is one of the victims! after beating hingis badly in AO '02! she had title drought for more than a year! :eek:
 

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Maybe Hingis should befriend the Williams sisters now ? :confused:

Oh wait no they don't need her NOW :tape:
 

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Diya said:
Maybe Hingis should befriend the Williams sisters now ? :confused:

Oh wait no they don't need her NOW :tape:
I know, they're falling off the pedastal on their owns.

I mean, can you believe that the last tournament they played, Serena won a Grand Slam, and Venus was injured and still got to the final?!?!

CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?!?!

They SUCK!! :eek:

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hahahaha, im a hingis fan and totally DO NOT WANT to believe this, but i ertainly find this thread amusing! really! :)

and yeah, sounds really like an UNCANNY coincidence!-- add MARY PIERCE, JANA NOVOTNA (her other doubles partmers) to that, but i believe people still amke their own fate

i cant believe how people easily diss hingis as a kind of a fluke during her last months/years on the tour-- reaching the 2002 aussie final and semis at RG (am i correct?) aint exactly a fluke, that is despite her injuries already bugging her that time, so i guess i couldnt count hingis as her own victim, hehehehe ;)

but i dont believe in luck or bad luck

nonetheles nice observations, cute thread!
 

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Diya said:
Maybe Hingis should befriend the Williams sisters now ? :confused:

Oh wait no they don't need her NOW :tape:

The "hatred is surely going to get the best of you...!!! Remember there is also talk of a "Williams Sister's curse", and it usually befalls anyone who publicly or otherwise badmouth them...!!! Exs. Hingis, Capriati, Sampras, and the "turkey that bumped Venus", and whose name escapes me right now. It could very well extend to posters like yourself...!!! :tape: :tape:
 
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There is no curse, it is pure fantasy. After all if you look at the list of so-called victims they were all supposed to become great players but you gotta remember that very, very few do. Also, it could simply be the fault of these 'victims' themselves because they became intimidated by Martina's skill and intelligence.

You also fail to mention that Justine and Kim are good friends of Martina's, they don't seem to be doing all that badly this year!
 
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i realise you're just taking the piss but don't you think that martina has taken enough criticism regarding everything in her career? she's retired yet it appears that some people who hate her still miss having a go at her. be happy cos at least your favourites are still on the tour.
 

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:rolleyes: :lol:

simple...they were all so deeply in love with her so when Martina left them behind, they were so sad that it had negative effect on their careers...

Oh Martina, you selfish heartbreaker... :eek: ;)
 

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Lucic and Kournikova are cursed because they were friends with Hingis?

The only significant success either has had in tennis was when partnering with Hingis.

I would imagine a lot of women players would have liked to have been that cursed.

And while I think Lucic has had an unfortunate career to date, how many people do you think would trade their first born child to be as "cursed" as Anna Kournikova. Being unbelievably rich and one of the most famous women in the world is the kind of "curse" a lot of people would be happy to live with.
 

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[chuckles to self] hingis curse...

sad... but maybe true?
 
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