You may have heard that five-time Grand Slam champion and former Wimbledon winner Martina Hingis admitted last week that she’s been accused of testing positive for cocaine at Wimbledon. She also announced her retirement from professional tennis.
Hingis lost in the third round of that Wimbledon tourney, 6-4, 6-2, to Laura Granville. She lost in the third round of the U.S. Open, and hasn’t played since her second-round loss to Peng Shuai of China in Beijing on Sept. 19.
The retirement was announced last week during a press conference. The 27-year-old Swiss player said she was accused by “an outsource testing company” of using cocaine at the prestigious tourney in Great Britain this summer. She said she was “shocked and appalled” when she learned that her urine sample tested positive after her loss to Granville.
After the initial test, Hingis said she underwent a privately arranged hair test, which came back negative for cocaine. However, the official backup “B” sample test on her Wimbledon urine sample tested positive.
The amount of time and energy it would take to fight the charges led to the decision to retire. Hingis also alluded to the fact that tennis is largely a young woman’s game, and her body is tiring of the strain.
This all happened last week. On Monday, however, word came out that Hingis may be backpedaling on not fighting the drug charges.
Despite her claims of not wanting this whole business hanging over her head for years, it appears the World Tennis Association may be in damage control mode. WTA Tour chief Larry Scott told BBC Radio Five Live that he has all expectations that Hingis will fight to clear her name.
Scott is looking at reasons why Hingis may have tested positive.
Someone spiked her drink with blow, and she had no idea? Not leveling any accusations here, but one would think that if one’s drink contained cocaine, certainly not a benign drug, one would notice. Especially one with a fine-tuned athlete’s body.
Scott concluded, however, “The burden of proof is on the athlete to prove their [sic] innocence.”
There will undoubtedly be more to come on this matter, but as for herself, Hingis said, “I believe I am absolutely, 100 percent innocent.”
Yikes, shades of O.J. there. She could’ve chosen those last words a bit more carefully.