Former world number one Martina Hingis retired from tennis on Thursday after her announcement that she tested positive for cocaine at this year’s Wimbledon. The WTA Tour, however, focuses on Hingis’ great results as long as they are not certain that she is guilty.
“The WTA Tour has not received any official information… and as a result we are not in a position to comment on the matter,” said CEO Larry Scott after Hingis’ media conference.
Scott said the Tour had a “zero tolerance policy when it comes to doping in sport” before praising Hingis’ successful tennis career.
“With respect to her retirement announcement, Martina Hingis is a tremendous champion and a fan favourite the world over. In her most recent comeback, she proved again that she can perform at the very highest levels of the game.”
“Martina will always be respected for not only having achieved the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour world number one ranking, her five Grand Slam singles titles, nine Grand Slam women’s doubles titles and two Sony Ericsson Championships titles, but just as much for her incredible touch, on-court intelligence and off-court professionalism.”