In 1996, Martina Hingis shocked the tennis world for the first time by becoming the youngest player to ever win a Grand Slam title, partnering with Helena Sukova at Wimbledon to take home the women’s doubles title. At 15 years old, many expected Hingis to dominate the world of women’s tennis for quite some time. However, due to ligament injuries in her ankles, Hingis was forced to an early retirement at age 22. Since that time, Hingis has experienced mild success and had also had her career tainted somewhat by testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon in 2007. Thanks to the All England Club, however, Hingis has another chance to achieve tennis superstardom this year in London.
Wednesday, Hingis will make her return to the grass courts of Wimbledon for the first time since 2007. Hingis’s return comes after the All England Club granted her a wild card spot in the women’s doubles tournament, where she will partner with Vera Zvonareva, who lost to Serena Williams in the finals of the singles tournament in 2010.
Hingis, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame last year, has experienced much success at Wimbledon in the past, winning doubles championships in 1996 and 1998 and splitting those wins with a singles championships in 1997.
Magical to see Martina Hingis back on court. pic.twitter.com/lB4MDDHmll
— Jon Ferris (@JonFerris2) June 21, 2014
Unfortunately, Hingis was not able to continue her partnership with Germany’s Sabine Lisicki, to whom Hingis served as coach for some time. In March of this year, Hingis won her first tournament since her second retirement in 2007 with Lisicki at the Sony Open.
Since that time, however, Hingis and Lisicki have mutually decided to part ways, with each tennis star seeking to better her own respective career:
It is yet to be determined at what time Hingis will take the court at this year’s Wimbledon.
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