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Old 09-30-2009, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default Hingis: "The process didn't let me fight"
Friend of TAT Jon Wertheim has a brief interveiw with Martina posted. Today is not only her 29th birthday, it is the final day of the suspension.

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SI.com: From an emotional standpoint, how do feel you've handled the past two years?

Martina Hingis: OK. There were hard times and it was frustrating knowing I did nothing wrong but couldn't really fight this. It was my reputation and I knew the truth. But the process didn't really let me fight.

SI.com: Given your outspoken personality, I think it surprised a lot of people that maybe you weren't as forceful, deciding, for instance, not to appeal. Do you regret that?

Hingis: Like you say, I always spoke [honestly] even if I wasn't always politically correct. I spoke the truth even when the truth may have hurt me. But the system was set up in such a way that there was nothing I could do.

SI.com: Bottom line: have you ever ...

Hingis: No. Taken cocaine? Never. No [recreational] drugs. I don't know even the effects. I've maybe been in a position where I could have. But never, no. If I had ever taken cocaine, I would have said so.

Rest of interview: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...gis/index.html
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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I don't know that I believe the "never taken" comment, but I think the two years was too harsh a suspension for trace amounts of a non-performance enhancing drug, especially in light of what happened with Gasquet.

Still, Martina should have fought harder. While she says it was impossible to do so, I can't imagine that with good legal counsel, and a desire to clear her name, she would not have battled to the death to clear her reputation.
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:52 PM   #3
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"Though never directly attributed to the peculiarities of her case, curiously, in the months after her hearing, rules were altered and administrators were given latitude to dispense suspensions of any length from zero to two years."

They didn't have the leeway with Hingis they have now.
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Old 09-30-2009, 05:55 PM   #4
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I will, unless something bigger and better proves me otherwise, believe Martina never, ever put anything into her system. She's a multi-slam champ, why would she risk her reputation like that.

I'm happy she's through her suspension and hope that perhaps she'll return to the fray now that she's free.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:23 PM   #5
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So the REAL question is......will Martina return to tennis?
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