Martina Hingis will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island this weekend at the age of 32.
ESPN summarized her impressive early career this way:
“Just 5-foot-7, Hingis won her first major title (Wimbledon doubles) in 1996 at 15 years and nine months, making her the youngest player ever to win a Grand Slam open event. She won her first Grand Slam singles title just a few months later at the 1997 Australian Open. Before the year was out, she would be the undisputed world No. 1.
“Hingis spent 209 weeks at No. 1…won five Grand Slam singles titles…and 10 major doubles titles — one mixed and nine women’s doubles. She completed a doubles calendar-year Grand Slam in 1998…”
In an interview with USA Today, Martina Hingis said that she took pride in more than just collecting titles and trophies although she did plenty of that:
“For me it was always about the great matches against the [Serena and Venus Williams] sisters, [Lindsay] Davenport, and others…Those were the big matches that, win or lose, were always high quality tennis.”
She retired at age 22 from injuries, tried a comeback, and then retired for good after a failed drug test.
This weekend, tennis will honor a woman who is considered one of the true tennis prodigies of all time.
However, we all know that there’s always somebody there to take a potshot at you when you’re on the rise — and who better to fling the mud than a bitter ex?
On Thursday, the London Evening Standard ran a report that her 26-year-old husband had told a Swiss newspaper that Martina Hingis was a serial cheater. According to the rumors, also repeated in The Toronto Sun, Thibault Hutin once walked into a hotel room to give her a surprise — only to himself be surprised when he found out that she wasn’t alone.
According to the admittedly shaky rumors, Hingis is believed to be dating a Spanish sports management executive.
It could be interesting to see who shows up at her side when Martina Hingis is inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.