Martina Hingis may have been named after the legendary Martina Navratilova, but her game resembled that of a different legend - Chris Evert. Chris, who famously called out Serena Williams in an open letter in TENNIS magazine, is the first high-profile player of the past or present to comment on the Swiss Miss' recent doping charges and subsequent retirement.
Chris, who is conducting a pro-am this weekend at the Boca Resort and Club in Florida with some other tennis stars including Mark Philippoussis and Jana Novotna, had these very interesting comments about Martina and the charges:
"I'm not shocked, but I was very surprised. [...] I think Martina in the past has always shown herself to be the consummate professional [...] But since she came back [from a three-year injury hiatus], I don't know her. I don't know her lifestyle, who she hangs out with. [...] You can't believe it, but you can't not believe it. [...] You know what, I don't like to make judgments about her [...] But, how many athletes have gone on and denied and denied and denied steroids and stuff. The truth always comes out."
Not shocked? Reading between Chris' very carefully chosen words, it sounds like there were signs people in the inner-circle of tennis were witnessing. Clearly Martina changed after coming out of retirement. Maybe that's why other players have been quiet about the accusations - no one is really that surprised.