Swiss Miss Martina Hingis To Retire (Again) Following WTA Finals
Martina Hingis, the Grand Slam singles champion turned doubles specialist par excellence, has decided to once again retire from pro tennis, and will do so at the conclusion of the WTA Finals in Singapore. It’s not like her game has fallen off, either. She is still massively cleaning up in doubles, so the timing is interesting. She’s won three Slam dubs titles this year and is currently ranked #1. Here’s her statement as released on her Facebook page earlier today:
She won five Grand Slam titles (winning Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open in 1997, then winning Australian Open again in 1998 and 1999); reached seven more finals (three at Australian Open, two at Roland Garros and two at US Open). She also holds 11 Grand Slam doubles titles (three w/Novotna, two w/Kournikova, two w/Mirza and one each w/Sukova, Zvereva, Lucic and Pierce) and five in mixed (four w/Paes and one w/Bhupathi). (Winner of) 43 WTA (singles) titles and 50 WTA doubles titles. She held No.1 for 209 non-consecutive weeks in singles (fifth all-time) and for 35 non-consecutive weeks in doubles.
Martina will be missed (again). Hingis will continue her 20+ year relationship with Yonex and her work with the international nonprofit, Right to Play, for which she will serve as their Ambassador in Switzerland. Plaudits are rolling in from around the tennis world:
On behalf of The All England Club, we wish to offer Martina the warmest congratulations on an exceptional career. Ladies’ Singles champion in 1997, three times a Ladies’ Doubles champion in 1996, 1998 and 2015, it is fitting that Martina’s final appearance at The Championships this summer resulted in another Wimbledon title, her second in the Mixed Doubles, 23 years after she won her first Wimbledon silverware in the Girls’ Singles in 1994. We wish Martina the best for her retirement and look forward to welcoming her to Wimbledon as an Honorary Member in the future. -Philip Brook, Chairman of The All England Club and The Championships
All of us at the Australian Open congratulate Martina on her magnificent tennis career. Martina enjoyed some of her greatest success here at Melbourne Park – it was where she won her first Grand Slam singles title and where she’s always said she felt very much at home. It’s unbelievable to think it’s been 20 years since we first saw her as a teenager lifting the trophy and that she’s continued to dominate in doubles. We will miss Martina’s on-court artistry and hope to welcome her back to the Australian Open very soon. -Craig Tiley, CEO Tennis Australia
Martina has left her mark on women’s tennis and the red clay of Roland Garros. I’d like to pay tribute and express gratitude for her passion for the game and for her competitive spirit; her two finals in singles and her three victories in doubles and mixed doubles in Paris demonstrate just that. -Bernard Guidicello, President of the French Tennis Federation
Martina’s tennis gear from Tonic:
Her Yonex racquet…
Find it: TW/USA
…and Yonex sneakers.