Martina Hingis announces retirement from pro tennis

Hall of Famer Martina Hingis, one of only six women’s players to hold the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles at the same time, will retire after the WTA Finals, she announced 02 November 2017. She held the world No. 1 ranking for 209 weeks during her career, winning 43 WTA singles titles and 64 doubles titles. The Swiss star still is the youngest Grand Slam champion in history, having won the Wimbledon doubles title when she was just 15.

Looking back now, it’s hard to believe that almost exactly 23 years ago I made my professional debut,” Hingis wrote in a Facebook post. “The years that followed have been some of the most rewarding years of my life, both personally and professionally, but I believe the time has come for me to retire, which I will be doing after my last match here in Singapore.

“I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to play this wonderful sport for so many years,” Hingis said. “Tennis has always been my passion and I am extremely thankful for all the challenges, opportunities, partnerships and friendship it’s given me.” Hingis was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013. She also has won an Olympic silver medal and had a 29-7 overall record in Fed Cup matches during her career.

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