Hingis unlikely to return to tennis

29th May 2009, Comments 0 comments

Swiss tennis champion Martina Hingi is unlikely to return to competitive tennis after her doping ban.

Geneva -- Former world number one Martina Hingis said in an interview published Thursday that she was unlikely to return to competitive tennis after her doping ban.

"Many people ask when I will play again. But it would be too much of a burden to make it back to the top again," Hingis told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper.

"I do not think I still have the will and the strength to produce that kind of a performance again," she added.

Hingis, now 29, tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon in 2007 and later announced her retirement.

Although the Swiss player repeated Thursday that she did not take the drug, an independent Anti-Doping Tribunal found that she had committed an offence and she was banned for two years until October 2009.

Hingis won 43 Women’s Tennis Association titles during her career, including five Grand Slams.

She said she was content with her current life and did not have the desire to stress herself by running from tournament to tournament.

"But playing a few more exhibitions, that would appeal to me," she said, also suggesting she would like to help young players.

AFP / Expatica

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