May 28, 2009 07:51pm
FORMER world No.1 Martina Hingis said today she was unlikely to make another comeback to competitive tennis after her doping ban."Many people ask when I will play again. But it would be too much of a burden to make it back to the top again," Hingis told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper.
"I do not think I still have the will and the strength to produce that kind of a performance again," she added.
Hingis, now 29, tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon in 2007 and later announced her retirement.
Although the Swiss player reiterated on Thursday she had not taken the drug, an independent Anti-Doping Tribunal found she had committed an offence and she was banned for two years until October 2009.
Hingis won 43 WTA singles titles during a career stretching back to 1994, including five grand slams.
The ban cut short a comeback she began in 2006 after a three-year retirement, but Hingis suggested that another change of heart was unlikely.
She said she was content with her current life and did not have the desire to stress herself by running from tournament to tournament.
"But playing a few more exhibitions, that would appeal to me," she said, also suggesting she would like to help young players.
Well, she just slashed any cinders of hope hard-core Hingis fans (like myself) may have had. Too bad.
I really think she could make another go at it. But I can't blame her for not wanting to try.
I am going to miss her court ingenuity and personality no matter how much time goes by.
Glad to hear that she's still going to be helping young players out. Who knows perhaps one day we'll see her on court again as a coach.