Two years ago Martina Hingis said “No thanks” when asked about a third comeback to professional tennis, but the Swiss tennis legend, now a mom of a one-year-old daughter Lia, will compete as part of the TC Zug team in Switzerland’s National League B Interclub season in May and June.
The 39-year-old Hingis, winner of 25 Grand Slam titles across all disciplines, will be joined by Swiss players from the same age group: Geraldine Dondit, Nadine Kenzelmann and Barbara Suter-Keller. The team, which has trained all winter once a week in the hall of the TC Allmend Zug, is completed by two local juniors.
The last time Hingis played professional tennis was the doubles competition at the 2017 WTA Finals in Singapore, where she also received a retirement ceremony. In the meantime, Hingis has been active as a sparring partner at her mother Melanie Molitor’s tennis school.
It’s a long way from taking part in national competition to playing on the WTA tour, but it’s nice to see that Martina is still having drive to compete. Moreover, she’ll definitely attract a lot of spectators to the NLB Interclub. In addition, the International Tennis Hall of Famer may play some Legends events at Grand Slams this year. (source: Tennis World USA)