retires after cocaine test allegations
The tennis player Martina
Hingis announced today her retirement, after testing positive
tennis betting scandals seem to be just the "icing" on the
tennis cake. Today the famous tennis player Martina Hingis
announced she is retiring from the sport and admitted she is
under investigation for testing positive for cocaine. The test
Hingis failed was administered during the 2007 Wimbledon.
Martina Hingis claims she has never taking any drugs, but
decided to retire to avoid "a fight with anti-doping
authorities." This is the second retirement for Hingis, she
threw away the racquet in 2003 due to persistent ankle injury,
but came back in 2006. A statement by Martina Hingis
released today read:
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.
My weapon on the tennis court is and always was one single
thing: the game, the ingenuity on court. And for this style of
tennis, there is only one performance enhancer — the love of the
They say that cocaine increases self-confidence and creates a
type of euphoria. I don't know. I only know that if I were to
try to hit the ball while in any state of euphoria, it simply
wouldn't work. I would think that it would be impossible for
anyone to maintain the coordination required to play top class
tennis while under the influence of drugs. And I know one other
thing — I would personally be terrified of taking drugs.
When I was informed that the 'A' test I took following my defeat
at Wimbledon apparently came back positive for a cocaine
metabolite, I was shocked and appalled.
Acting upon the advice of my family and my management, I
immediately took the hair test which can prove whether or not
someone has taken cocaine. This test of course produced a
negative result, the same negative result as all the countless
doping tests that I have taken over the last 12 years.
However, the 'B' test from Wimbledon once again produced the
opposite result — positive for a metabolite that apparently
stays in the system for some time following cocaine use.
I immediately retained an attorney. Anybody who even attempts to
take on this doping machinery alone has no chance.
The attorney and his experts discovered various inconsistencies
with the urine sample that was taken during Wimbledon. He is
also convinced that the doping officials mishandled the process
and would not be able to prove that the urine that was tested
for cocaine actually came from me.
However, this attorney and others have also pointed out to me
that a case like this one can sometimes take years to resolve,
especially if both sides repeatedly appeal the case and take it
to the next level.
And this is the reason for my announcement. I have no desire to
spend the next several years of my life reduced to fighting
against the doping officials.
I am frustrated and angry. I believe that I am absolutely, 100
percent innocent. The fact is that it is more and more difficult
for me, physically, to keep playing at the top of the game. And
frankly, accusations such as these don't exactly provide me with
motivation to even make another attempt to do so. I attempted a
comeback after a three-year break and succeeded in winning three
tournaments, bringing my ranking to six in the world. But in the
meantime, I'm now 27 years old, and realistically too old to
play top class tennis.
So now I'm standing before you, confronting the situation. Today
I also informed my sponsors.
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.
Representatives for the WTA Tour have denied they
know anything or have any information about a failed test by