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Martina Molitor Hingis (Swiss Miss, Chucky, Wingis)

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Martina Hingis is a Swiss professional tennis player who became the youngest person in the “open” era to win a Grand Slam singles title and the youngest to be ranked world number one. In her relatively short, injury-plagued career, she won five Grand Slam tournaments—the Australian Open (1997, 1998, 1999), Wimbledon (1997), and the United States Open (1997). She spent a total of 209 weeks as world no. 1.

Background

  • Ethnicity: Her mother - Melanie Molitorová (Czech), her father - Karol Hingis (Hungarian).

  • Martina Hingis was born on September 30, 1980, in Kosice, Czechoslovakia, which his now part of Slovakia.Her parents, Melanie Molitor and Karol Hingis, had both been top junior tennis players, and were beginning their coaching careers in the sport. Martina was named after Martina Navratilova, but her tennis idol as a child was Monica Seles. Following her parents’ divorce, she moved with her mother to Trübbach, Switzerland, at seven.

  • Career

    • Martina Hingis turned pro at age 14 and quickly became one of the dominant tennis stars of the 1990s. Hingis was 15 years and nine months old when she won the 1996 Wimbledon doubles title with Helena Sukova, making her the youngest Grand Slam champion of all time. The following year, she became the youngest singles Grand Slam tournament winner of the 20th century after her victory in the Australian Open, and the youngest-ever world No. 1 when she replaced the injured Steffi Graf.

      In 1997 she nearly completed a rare Grand Slam, winning the Australian Open, the U.S. Open and Wimbledon and losing only in the French Open finals. Intensely competitive and a clever shotmaker, Martina Hingis was ranked #1 in the world in women's singles in 1997, 1998 and 2000 and by the end of the year 2000 she had career prize winnings of $15 million. For a time she was part of a high-profile doubles team with fellow teen sensation Anna Kournikova.

      In 2002, Hingis battled ankle injuries, and in 2003 she announced that she was retiring from competitive tennis. However, she unretired three years later, making her official return to professional tennis on 2 January 2006 in the Australian women's hardcourt championships.

      She retired again in November 2007 after announcing that her urine sample had tested positive for cocaine at that year's Wimbledon tournament. (Hingis denied playing under the influence of the drug, but said "I have no desire to spend the next several years of my life reduced to fighting against the doping officials.") She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013.

      Hingis returned to professional competition once again in 2013, this time strictly as a doubles player. She won the 2014 Miami Open alongside Sabine Lisicki, and reached the final of the U.S. Open that year with Flavia Pennetta. In early 2015, she teamed with Leander Paes to claim the mixed doubles championship at the Australian Open.

    Major achievements

    • achievement308671 Singles Slam Titles:

      -1997, 1998, 1999 Australian Open;

      -1997 Wimbledon;

      -1997 US Open.

      Doubles Slam Titles:

      -1996, 1998 Wimbledon;

      -1997, 1998, 2002 Australian Open;

      -1998, 2000, 2001 French Open;

      -1998 US Open.

      Grand Slam mixed doubles:

      -2006, 2015 Australian Open.

      Youngest-ever to rank #1 on March 30, 1997 (16 years, 6 months), and spent 209 of the next 247 weeks at #1 between 1997 - 2001. At age 12, she became the youngest-ever Slam junior titlist (1993 French Open); became the youngest-ever Wimbledon junior champion at 13 years, 276 days (1994).

      Won 2 Australian Open Doubles titles with Anna Kournikova.

    Views

    Quotations: “I know I can do it again…I definitely have it in me."

    "Everyone says, ‘Oh, you look stronger. What’s the difference?’ I’m not seventeen anymore—it’s not a child’s body anymore. It’s more of a woman’s body."

    "You have to have a high percentage of first serves. Otherwise, these girls today are going to kill you."

    "The pressure is on them, not me."

    “I don’t feel that much pressure. It’s because I’ve been doing this for so long it seems natural.”

    “I like everything about tennis; the game, the courts, the competition, and doing everything you can to win. It’s such a beautiful sport.”

    "I was afraid tennis might have left me, but it was there for me."

    Personality

    Hingis is a fearless equestrian and skier, but she plays a prudent, conservative baseline game, and in the end she may have more personality than drive, and more talent than discipline.

    Quotes from others about the person

    "I don’t think there’s anyone on the tour who hits the ball as cleanly as she does." — WTA star Kim Clijsters

    "Martina has a real chance because I don’t think anyone’s yet figured out how to play her. She has so much diversity, no one else is used to it." — Tennis broadcaster Tracy Austin

    "She still has the eye, the coordination, the feeling in the racket." — WTA star Amelie Mauresmo

    "Thank God she’s not a race car driver." — Indy 500 champ Helio Castroneves

    "You don’t get any free points from her." — WTA star Dinara Safina

    Interests

    Sport & Clubs: skiing, swimming, horseback riding

    Enjoys going to musicals and shopping, watching films.

    Connections

    • She was briefly engaged to Czech tennis player Radek Štěpánek, but split up with him in August 2007.

      On 10 December 2010, in Paris, Hingis married then-24-year-old Thibault Hutin, a French equestrian show jumper whom she had met at a competition.The pair had been separated since the beginning of 2013.

      Since May 2013, she has been in a relationship with Spaniard David Tosas Ros, who works for the Barcelona branch of her management company Octagon and is the agent of Tommy Robredo.

      Since May 2013, she has been in a relationship with Spaniard David Tosas Ros, who works for the Barcelona branch of her management company Octagon and is the agent of Tommy Robredo.
    • father: Karol Hingis - Hungarian - tennis coach, tennis player
      Her father was ranked as high as nineteenth in the Czechoslovak tennis rankings.
    • mother: Melanie Molitorová - Czech - tennis coach, tennis player
      Molitorová was a professional tennis player who was once ranked tenth among women in Czechoslovakia, and was determined to develop Hingis into a top player.
    • Ex - Spouse: Thibault Hutin - French - equestrian show jumper
    • Together they won 2 Australian Open Doubles titles in 1999, 2002.
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    • 1994 - present
      tennis player, WTA

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