Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Happy Birthday, Happy Freedom
Today is Martina Hingis's 29th birthday. Perhaps more important, today marks the end of her two-year ban from professional tennis. Though Hingis has no intention of playing on the tour, the ban also prevented her from attending tournaments, doing commentary, and even being recognized as a past champion.
The bittersweet career of Martina Hingis--marked by both tennis genius and significant under-achievement--was hampered by both Hingis's immaturity and by chronic injury. Then, to literally add insult to injury, there was the ban. Anyone who reads this blog knows where I stand regarding the ban and the doping law enforcement establishment, so I won't go into that.
I'll just say Happy Birthday, Martina.