Birthday special: Fun facts and trivia about tennis star Martina Hingis

Sep 30, 2016, 12:56 IST | mid-day online correspondent

On multiple grand slam winner and veteran tennis player Martina Hingis’ birthday, we give you some fun facts about the tennis ace.

Martina Hingis
Martina Hingis. Pic/ AFP

>>Martina Hingis was born in Kosice, Czechoslovakia. She then moved to Switzerland.

>>She was named after tennis great Martina Navratilova.

>>She turned pro at the age of 14.

>>She reached the no. 1 ranking in the singles at a record age of 16.

>>She is also the youngest ever Grand Slam singles champion

>>Her favourite food dish is Sushi.

>>Hingis has dated a list of sportsmen – tennis players Magnus Norman, Ivo Heuberger and Julian Alonso, golfer Sergio Garcia. She was also engaged briefly to tennis star Radek Stepanek. She also married a much younger Thibault Hutin, a show jumper but parted ways.

>>She has 5 singles grand slams to her name – 3 Australian Open titles and 1 Wimbledon and US Open each.

>>She has won the double grand slam an impressive 11 times. – 4 Australia Open, 2 French
Open, 3 Wimbledon and 2 US Open titles.

>>In 2001, Hingis sued the company Sergio Tacchini for their defective manufactured shoes due to which she suffered a foot injury.

>>She retired in 2003 at age 22 only to come out of retirement ten years later in 2013.

>>She was banned during the Wimbledon 2007 for testing positive for cocaine.

>> In 2013, Martina Hingis entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She is also its first ever Global Ambassador.

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