Martina is one of the legends of women’s tennis, a brilliant combination of beauty and talent which put her head-and-shoulders above her competitors. She spent a total of 209 weeks as World No. 1, won five Grand Slam singles titles–three Australian Opens, one Wimbledon, and one US Open. She also won nine Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, winning a calendar year doubles Grand Slam, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. Hingis set a series of youngest-ever” records before ligament injuries in both ankles forced her to withdraw temporarily from professional tennis in 2002 at the age of 22.
Hingis began playing tennis when she was two years old and entered her first tournament at age four. In 1993, 12-year-old Hingis became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam junior title: the girls’ singles at the French Open. In 1994, she won the girls’ singles title at Wimbledon, and reached the final of the US Open. She went onto become the youngest player to win a match at a Grand Slam tournament when she advanced to the second round of the Australian Open in 1995.
In 1997, Hingis became the undisputed World No. 1 women’s tennis player. From here her career prospered; in 1997 she won the Australian and US Open without losing a set, and in 1998 she won all four of the Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, only the fourth in women’s tennis history to do so.
In 2007 Hingis received the Tour Comeback Player of the Year, which highlighted her dedication to the sport.
Martina is also one of only five female tennis players named to the 2000 Forbes magazine Power 100 in Fame and Fortune list at No. 51.
In 2009 Hingis partook in the BBC’s dancing competition, Strictly Come Dancing, and was the bookies favourite for the competition.
And in June 2011, Martina Hingis was named one of the 30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future by Time Magazine.
Martina has never lost her passion for the game and you can bring some of that passion to your next event with a Martina Hingis speaker appearance with Useful Talent’s help.