Martina Hingis states her doubts of playing at the 2012 Olympics with Roger Federer

by Dasha Sulimoff on August 3, 2011 · 0 comments

in ATP News, ITF Tours, WTA News

Former world number one Martina Hingis feels reserved about her chances of playing mixed doubles with her compatriot and 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.

In order for Hingis to play in the Olympics, she would have to have a singles or doubles ranking by June 11, 2012, and in order for her to directly qualify, it would have to be a fairly high one of either top 56 in singles and top 10 in doubles. The ITF will only accept mixed doubles teams from players who are already on site in London having already qualified in singles or doubles.

“There are talks,” Hingis said in San Diego, where she was playing a pro-am. “There are too many ifs at this point. I always said I wasn’t coming back and I did, and after TeamTennis I felt good and with Serena winning Stanford [Hingis split matches with Williams in World TeamTennis]; it makes you think, ‘I played good against her and she beat Sharapova 3 and 1.’ So I’m like, ‘Wow I think I played a pretty good match’…But I don’t think I would last a whole match now. TeamTennis is only to five games.”

And she has also stated that there will be an immense amount of pressure on her since she is playing with a champion like Federer, “To play with Roger you’d have to being playing great, right?’ she asked. She has also stated that she wanted to play doubles with Lindsay Davenport last year but that plan was never put into action. They did manage to win the 2011 French Open and Wimbledon seniors doubles titles.

“That’s probably more on my mind,” she said. “I felt great playing with Lindsay and people say we should go out on tour, but she’s pregnant. After the first set at Wimbledon she said, ‘I’m 12 weeks pregnant.’ I said, ‘OK, I’m the one running. I’ll back you up’…But I was never really just a doubles player; my pride was higher than that. But maybe now it’s a different approach. It would take a lot to bring me back. I enjoy the playing but the travel and the stress—my life is very comfortable now and I enjoy it.”
It would be great to see Martina and Roger play mixed doubles at the Olympics, but it seems highly unrealistic at this point since Hingis is not really eager to go back out on the tour. But we’ll see what happens, maybe the Swiss Miss will take the chance after all.

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