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