Martina Hingis Officially Suspended from Tennis for Cocaine Use

Posted on January 4, 2008

Former world No. 1 and five-time Slam champion Martina Hingis was officially suspended from tennis for a two-year period after testing positive for cocaine last June.

The 27-year-old Hingis tested positive for the usage of cocaine on June 29, 2007 at the Wimbledon championships. Cocaine and its metabolites are prohibited in tennis.

News of the positive test was leaked two months ago, at which time the Swiss star denied the allegations, but abruptly announced her retirement.

Hingis still appealed the decision, arguing doubts of the sample's integrity, yet in an ITF statement released Friday, an independent Anti-Doping Tribunal rejected her claims during a two-day hearing last month and upheld the two-year ban, which commenced October 1, 2007.

Also under the ruling, Hingis will have to forfeit all WTA points and prize money earned since Wimbledon 2007, an amount that totals $129,481.

Said Hingis in a November presser: I find this accusation so horrendous, so monstrous, that I have decided to confront it head-on by talking to the press. And so, considering this situation, my age, and the problems I have been having with my hip, I have decided to no longer play tennis on the Tour. Upon advice from my attorneys, Im afraid I am unable to answer any questions. My answers could insult someone and create even more problems for me. Therefore, there is only one more thing for me to do - to thank all of you for many years of goodwill, and also to assure you: I have never taken drugs.

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