Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Martina Hingis receives Tennis Hall of Fame ring

SINGAPORE - Former World No.1 Martina Hingis may be in the midst of an exciting present on the WTA's doubles circuit, but a moment during the first night of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global was devoted to the Swiss Miss' glittering past.

Fans were treated to a montage of some of Hingis' best moments from her first career that saw her shatter several "youngest-ever" records, and her second career that brought her back into the Top 10 in singles and earn multiple wins over the game's best.

International Tennis Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin then presented Hingis with the Hall of Fame ring. Inducted in 2013, the now 20-time Grand Slam champion has since returned for a third time to dominate on the doubles court, winning five major titles in 2015 (two in women's doubles, three in mixed).

"These are the moments we live for, and why we come back and play," she explained in a speech to the crowd. "It's thanks to you that I tried to come back and cherish every single moment."

Named the organization's Global Ambassador this summer, Hingis encouraged fans to visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame; located in Newport, Rhode Island, Hingis took a tour of the hallowed grounds and had a chance to hit on its traditional grass courts for a promotional spot that was broadcast throughout the Asian Swing.

"It's a beautiful place. I've been there three times already, and every time I go, I learn something new - how the tennis balls are made, or how dresses have changed over the years. When you go through the walkway of the museum, there's just so much history, the history of our game."

Top seeded in the WTA Finals doubles draw - alongside partner Sania Mirza - Hingis is set to begin her quest for a third WTA Finals doubles title (fifth overall in singles and doubles) on Monday night against No.6 seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.

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