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The Producers Must Have Told Martina Hingis She Could Have All The Coke She Could Snort

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It seems like only yesterday that Martina Hingis was on top of the tennis world, now she has been forced to accept her B-list status after signing on to compete in a second-rate celebrity dancing reality show in England.

A five-time Grand Slam winner currently serving a two-year ban after testing positive for cocaine, the 28-year-old Hingis has signed up to take part in the seventh season of BBC’s reality talent show “Strictly Come Dancing,” which starts Sept. 18.

To say that Hingis dominated women’s tennis during her stellar career would be an understatement. She spent a total of 209 weeks as the number one ranked player. Her career record of 548-133 and 45 career titles illustrate her dominance of her sport.

Unfortunately, injuries derailed her career in 2003, when she retired at the ripe old age of 22. Hingis attempted several comebacks in the years that followed, until she retired again November 2007. At the press conference announcing the retirement, Hingis admitted that she tested positive for cocaine at Wimbledon earlier in the year, but has always maintained her innocence.

Come on, Martina. Who cares if you dabbled a little bit with the coke? The poor girl spent her entire life on the tennis court up to that point and if she wanted to let loose, who are we to judge?

Always the talker (and good photo), after the jump are some of her best and most controversial quotes (culled from Wikipedia) and some photos to remind us what the world has been missing since Hingis took her leave from the grand stage.

  • Referring to Amélie Mauresmo’s lesbianism on the eve of their 1999 Australian Open final, Hingis told reporters, “She’s here with her girlfriend. She’s half a man already.”
  • When asked in the late 1990s how she felt about the budding rivalry between herself and the then-up-and-coming Anna Kournikova, Hingis responded, “What rivalry? I win all the matches.”
  • At the peak of the Williams sisters’ and Hingis’ competitive and fierce rivalry, Hingis stated in a press conference during the 1999 US Open referring to the sisters’ remarks, “They always have big mouths. They always talk a lot. It’s happened before, so it’s gonna happen again. I don’t really worry about that.”

That’s some good smack-talking right there. It’s a damn shame her career was cut short. The photo retrospective below only further demonstrates that fact.

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Ahhh, it’s always nice to go back and think about your fantasy girls from earlier in life. I can almost feel the shame and embarrassment all over again. And who knew Hingis and Kornikouva were so tight?

Did I just type the word “tight” in reference to Martina Hingis and Anna Kournikova? Hoo boy, it’s going to be a long day at work now – especially when you take into account that I have no idea what happened to my pants.

Hingis, Calzaghe put dancing shoes on [ESPN/AP]

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