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.