Wow. What a stunner from the tennis world today. Martina Hingis announced earlier that she is retiring from following a positive cocaine test result at Wimbledon this year.
Hingis coked up? Unbelievable.
In a statement Hingis denied ever having taking cocaine, much less any drugs. “Throughout my career, I have always been open and honest with you. I have been accused by an outsource testing company of taking cocaine during the Championships at Wimbledon. I find this accusation so horrendous, so monstrous, that I have decided to confront it head-on by talking to the press.”
She goes one to say, “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, I’m 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.”
A few quick, initial thoughts on this developing story.
First, too bad for Martina, too bad for tennis. I have long been a Martina fan, and it’s sad to see her go especially in this manner. I hope she turns out to be innocent.
Second, Martina if you have “never taken drugs” or cocaine as you say then why did the test come back positive?
Third, if you are so sure of your innocence why retire? Injuries aside, retiring like this only makes you look more guilty. Or maybe this was a “you can’t suspend me because I’m retiring” situation.
Fourth, I presume, and I hope, that you and your attorney will take this matter to court to clear your name.
Fifth, how does former fiancée Radek Stepanek figure into all this? Were they not at one point planning to get married sometime after Wimbledon? How about Sergio Garcia??
Plenty more to come I’m very sure on this breaking story. Including Federer’s reaction.
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