Martina Hingis is a retired professional tennis player and coach. She holds the record for being the youngest player on the WTA reaching World Number 1 in the world rankings. She is also the youngest player in the WTA to win a Grand Slam.
She spent 209 weeks as World Number 1. Hingis retired at 22 years old. She is also a former doubles World Number 1. Hingis held the Number 1 spot in both singles and doubles simultaneously for 29 weeks.
Martina Hingis was born on September 30, 1980, in Košice, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). She later became a Swiss citizen and resides in Feusisberg, Switzerland. She stands 170 cm tall and she is right-handed with a two-handed backhand.
Both of her parents were tennis players and she was coached by her mother Melanie Molitorová. After her parents’ divorce, Hingis and her mother became Swiss citizens. Martina speaks German, English, French, and Czech.
Two weeks after she turned 14 in 1994, Hingis turned pro and played in the Zurich Open. In 1997, she won her first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. She was 16 at the time. That same year, she also won Wimbledon and the US Open.
In her career, she won 5 singles titles, 13 doubles titles, and 7 mixed doubles titles.
She first became World Number 1 in the WTA In March 1997, becoming the youngest player to make it to World Number 1. She held the ranking for a total of 209 weeks.
In 2003, she announced her first retirement. She was only 22 at the time. She came out of retirement in 2005.
After coming back from retirement, Hingis proved that her fire hadn’t fizzled, but after the results of her using cocaine tested positive, she was banned from tennis for two years. Hingis has stated that she will no longer return to professional tennis even though the ban expires.
Hingis did lay low for a couple of years, but at the start of 2010, Hingis came back with a bang by defeating the former No. 1 player, Lindsay Davenport.
Hingis came back in 2010 and even reunited with her former doubles partner Anna Kournikova. However, at the end of the year, despite talks of Hingis fully returning to the WTA Tour, she expressed that she already had her comeback before and it was fun.
She retired a second time in 2017, announcing it at the WTA Finals in Singapore in October of that year.
- Career Record: 548–135 (80.2%)
Career Titles: 43
- Highest Ranking: No. 1 (31 March 1997)
Grand Slam Singles Performances
- Australian Open - W (1997, 1998, 1999)
- French Open - F (1997, 1999)
- Wimbledon - W (1997)
- US Open - W (1997)
- Tour Finals - W (1998, 2000)
- Olympic Games - 2R (1996)
- Career Record: 490–110 (81.7%)
Career titles: 64
- Highest Ranking: No. 1 (8 June 1998)
Grand Slam Doubles Performances
- Australian Open - W (1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2016)
- French Open - W (1998, 2000)
- Wimbledon - W (1996, 1998, 2015)
- US Open - W (1998, 2015, 2017)
Other Doubles Tournaments
- Tour Finals - W (1999, 2000, 2015)
- Olympic Games - F (2016)
- Career Record: 54–12 (81.8%)
- Career Titles: 7
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Performances
- Australian Open - W (2006, 2015)
- French Open - W (2016)
- Wimbledon - W (2015, 2017)
- US Open - W (2015, 2017)
- Fed Cup - F (1998)
- Hopman Cup - W (2001)
Coaching Career (2013–2015)
- Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (2013)
- Germany Sabine Lisicki (2014)
- Switzerland Belinda Bencic (2015)
Why did Martina Hingis retire so early?
Due to injuries and pain. Martina Hingis retired when she was 22, citing chronic injuries and pain as the reasons for her early retirement from the sport. She came back to play for a few years then retired a final time in 2017.
How old was Martina Hingis when she became World Number 1?
She was 16. She holds the record for being the youngest player to become World Number 1 in the WTA. She held the spot for a total of 209 weeks. At the same age, she also became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam title.
How many weeks was Martina Hingis the singles number 1 and doubles number 1 at the same time?
29 weeks. She held the singles and doubles number 1 spot at the same time for a total of 29 weeks.