106 Facts About Martina Hingis


Martina Hingis is a Swiss former professional tennis player.


Martina Hingis spent a total of 209 weeks as the singles world No 1 and 90 weeks as doubles world No 1, holding both No 1 rankings simultaneously for 29 weeks.


Martina Hingis won five major singles titles, 13 major women's doubles titles, and seven major mixed doubles titles, for a combined total of 25 major titles.


Martina Hingis set a series of "youngest-ever" records during the 1990s, including youngest-ever Grand Slam champion and youngest-ever world No 1.


Martina Hingis retired in November 2007 after being hampered by a hip injury for several months.


In July 2013, Martina Hingis again returned from retirement to play the doubles events of the North American hardcourt season.


Martina Hingis retired for the third and final time after the 2017 WTA Finals, while ranked as the world No 1.


Widely considered an all-time tennis great, Martina Hingis was ranked by Tennis magazine in 2005 as the eighth-greatest female player of the preceding 40 years.


Martina Hingis was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by TIME in June 2011.


In 2013, Martina Hingis was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and was appointed two years later the organization's first ever Global Ambassador.


Martina Hingis's father was ranked as high as 19th in the Czechoslovak tennis rankings.


Martina Hingis's parents divorced when she was six, and she and her mother defected from Czechoslovakia in 1987 and emigrated to Trubbach in Switzerland when she was seven.


Martina Hingis's mother remarried to a Swiss man, Andreas Zogg, a computer technician.


On 10 December 2010, in Paris, Martina Hingis married then-24-year-old Thibault Hutin, a French equestrian show jumper she had met at a competition the previous April.


On 8 July 2013, Martina Hingis told the Swiss newspaper Schweizer Illustrierte the pair had been separated since the beginning of the year.


On 20 July 2018, Martina Hingis married sports physician Harald Leemann in Switzerland in a secret ceremony at the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz.


On 30 September 2018 Martina Hingis announced, via social media, her first pregnancy.


Martina Hingis gave birth to a daughter, Lia, on 26 February 2019.


Martina Hingis began playing tennis when she was two years old and entered her first tournament at age four.


In 1993,12-year-old Martina Hingis became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam junior title: the girls' singles at the French Open.


Martina Hingis made her WTA debut at the Zurich Open in October 1994, two weeks after turning 14, and ended 1994 ranked world No 87.


In 1996, Martina Hingis became the youngest Grand Slam champion of all time, when she teamed with Helena Sukova at Wimbledon to win the women's doubles title at age 15 years and 9 months.


Martina Hingis won her first professional singles title that year at Filderstadt, Germany.


Martina Hingis reached the singles quarterfinals of the 1996 Australian Open and the singles semifinals of the 1996 US Open.


In 1997, Martina Hingis became the World No 1 women's tennis player.


Martina Hingis started the year by winning the warm-up tournament in Sydney.


Martina Hingis then became the youngest Grand Slam singles winner in the 20th century by winning the Australian Open at age 16 years and 3 months.


Martina Hingis won the Australian Open women's doubles with Natasha Zvereva.


Martina Hingis then defeated another up-and-coming player, Venus Williams, in the final of the US Open.


The only Grand Slam singles title that Martina Hingis failed to win in 1997 was the French Open, where she lost in the final to Iva Majoli.


Martina Hingis retained her Australian Open singles title by beating Conchita Martinez in straight sets in the final.


Martina Hingis lost in the final of the US Open to Lindsay Davenport.


Davenport ended an 80-week stretch Martina Hingis had enjoyed as the No 1 singles player in October 1998, but Martina Hingis finished the year by beating Davenport in the final of the WTA Tour Championships.


Martina Hingis had dropped her former doubles partner Jana Novotna.


Martina Hingis won a total of seven singles titles that year and reclaimed the No 1 singles ranking.


Martina Hingis reached the final of the WTA Tour Championships, where she lost to Lindsay Davenport.


In 2000, Martina Hingis again found herself in both the singles and doubles finals at the Australian Open.


Martina Hingis's three-year hold on the singles championship ended when she lost to Davenport.


Martina Hingis captured the French Open women's doubles title with Pierce and produced consistent results in singles tournaments throughout the year.


Martina Hingis reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon before losing to Venus Williams.


Martina Hingis reached her fifth consecutive Australian Open final in 2001, defeating both of the Williams sisters en route, before losing to Jennifer Capriati.


Martina Hingis briefly ended her coaching relationship with her mother Melanie early in the year but had a change of heart two months later just before the French Open.


Martina Hingis lost her No 1 ranking for the last time on 14 October 2001.


In that same month, Martina Hingis underwent surgery on her right ankle.


In February 2003, at the age of 22, Martina Hingis announced her retirement from tennis, due to her injuries and being in pain.


Martina Hingis held the world No 1 singles ranking for a total of 209 weeks.


In February 2005, Martina Hingis came out of retirement and made an unsuccessful return to competition.


At the Australian Open, Martina Hingis lost in the quarterfinals to second-seeded Kim Clijsters.


However, Martina Hingis won the mixed doubles title with Mahesh Bhupathi of India.


The week after the Australian Open, Martina Hingis defeated world No 4 Maria Sharapova in the semifinals of the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo before losing in the final to world No 9 Elena Dementieva.


Martina Hingis competed in Dubai then, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to Sharapova.


At the Tier I Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Martina Hingis defeated World No 4 Lindsay Davenport in the fourth round before again losing to Sharapova in the semifinals.


At the Tier I Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome, Martina Hingis posted her 500th career singles match victory in the quarterfinals, beating world No 18 Flavia Pennetta, and subsequently won the tournament with wins over Venus Williams in the semifinals and Dinara Safina in the final.


Martina Hingis then reached the quarterfinals of the French Open before losing to Kim Clijsters.


At Wimbledon, Martina Hingis lost in the third round to Ai Sugiyama.


Martina Hingis defeated unseeded Russian Olga Puchkova in the final.


Martina Hingis ranked as No 7 on the Annual Top Google News Searches in 2006.


At the Australian Open, Martina Hingis won her first three rounds without losing a set before defeating China's Li Na in the fourth round.


Martina Hingis won her next tournament, the Tier I Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, defeating Ana Ivanovic in the final.


Martina Hingis did not play any tournaments after the China Open, as she was beset by injuries for the rest of the year.


In November 2007, Martina Hingis called a press conference to announce that she was under investigation for testing positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, during a urine test taken by players at Wimbledon.


The ITF subsequently altered the suspension rules as a result of the Martina Hingis case, allowing for future flexibility in cases of unintentional or unexplained ingestion.


In 2009, Martina Hingis took part in the British television dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing.


Martina Hingis was the bookies' favourite for the competition, but went out in the first week after performing a waltz and a rumba.


At the start of 2010, Martina Hingis defeated former world No 1 Lindsay Davenport, and hinted at a possible return to tennis.


Martina Hingis had previously played for World TeamTennis in 2005 to assist her first comeback.


On 5 May 2010, it was announced that Martina Hingis would reunite with her doubles partner Anna Kournikova.


Martina Hingis confirmed that she would play at the Tradition-ICAP Liverpool International championship in June 2010, preceding Wimbledon, before playing in the Manchester Masters after Wimbledon.


At the Nottingham Masters, Martina Hingis faced Michaella Krajicek, Olga Savchuk and Monika Wejnert.


Martina Hingis played for the New York Sportimes of the World TeamTennis Pro League in July 2011.


Martina Hingis finished the season with the top winning percentage of any player competing in women's singles.


Martina Hingis won the Ladies' Invitation Doubles for a third year in a row at Wimbledon, again with Davenport.


Martina Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2013, and in the same month, announced that she was coming out of retirement to play a doubles tournament, with Daniela Hantuchova as her partner, in Carlsbad, California.


Martina Hingis played doubles in Toronto, Cincinnati, New Haven, and the US Open.


Martina Hingis participated in Champions Tennis League India to boost tennis in the country.


Martina Hingis returned to the WTA Tour at Indian Wells, partnering Lisicki in the doubles.


Martina Hingis played at the Australian Open with Flavia Pennetta, as the 4th seeds, but lost in the third round.


However, Martina Hingis paired with Leander Paes in the mixed doubles to win the title.


Martina Hingis made a comeback in Fed Cup after a 17-year absence.


Martina Hingis was scheduled to play doubles only, but then decided to try another comeback in singles by playing in the Fed Cup tie for Switzerland.


Martina Hingis drew Agnieszka Radwanska in the first rubber and was defeated in two sets in her first official tour match since 2007.


Martina Hingis lost her second singles rubber too, defeated by Urszula Radwanska in three sets, having been a set and a double break up.


That month Martina Hingis participated at the Champions Tennis League in India, playing for the Hyderabad Aces team.


At the Miami Open, Mirza and Martina Hingis lost in the second round to Margarita Gasparyan and Monica Niculescu.


Martina Hingis won the French Open mixed doubles partnering Leander Paes.


Martina Hingis played doubles with Timea Bacsinszky and won the silver medal, losing to Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in straight sets in the final.


Martina Hingis then played at the US Open with CoCo Vandeweghe, where they made the semifinals and lost to top seeds Garcia and Mladenovic.


At the WTA Finals, Martina Hingis reunited with Sania Mirza in what would be the partnership's last tournament together; they defeated the Chan sisters in the quarterfinals but then lost to Makarova and Vesnina.


Martina Hingis continued to partner CoCo Vandeweghe in women's doubles competition at the start of the season.


In preparation for the upcoming Fed Cup quarterfinal match between Switzerland and France, Martina Hingis partnered with Belinda Bencic to defend her St Petersburg title.


Martina Hingis again sought to practice with a Swiss partner before the Fed Cup semifinal clash of Switzerland versus Belarus, and this time paired up with Bacsinszky to enter the inaugural Ladies Open Biel Bienne.


Switzerland had been seeking to reach its first final since Martina Hingis had spearheaded the team to a narrow defeat to Spain in 1998.


At the US Open, Martina Hingis emerged victorious from both the women's and the mixed doubles competition.


Martina Hingis announced her retirement at the WTA finals in Singapore in October, 2017.


Martina Hingis was an all-court player who possessed an intelligent, crafty game.


Martina Hingis compensated for her lack of power with superior movement, anticipation, finesse, point construction, shot selection, and knowledge of the geometry of the court.


Martina Hingis used a semi-western grip for her forehand, allowing her to create sharp angles and dictate play.


Martina Hingis could hit her backhand one-handed with slice, and would use this shot to break up the pace of rallies.


Martina Hingis's serve was not particularly powerful, and she rarely served aces, but was reliable, and she was proficient at defending her serve.


Martina Hingis was one of the most effective returners on the WTA tour, positioning herself on the baseline to return first serves, and her superior sense of anticipation allowed her to read serves effectively.


One of Martina Hingis's favourite combinations was a drop shot, followed by a lob; if the lob was returned, a simple volley would allow her to win the point efficiently.


Martina Hingis was comfortable, and proficient on, all surfaces, although she never won a singles title at the French Open.


Martina Hingis became the 7th female player in history to achieve this.


Martina Hingis is sponsored by Yonex for racquets and shoes.


Martina Hingis sued the company in 2001 for making allegedly defective shoes that injured her feet.


Martina Hingis was sponsored by Adidas from 1999 until 2008.