Martina Hingis Announces Retirement from Pro Tennis
October 26, 2017
Mclean, Va. (Oct. 26, 2017) – 25-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis has announced her retirement from professional tennis at the conclusion of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Hingis, who held the world No. 1 ranking for 209 non-consecutive weeks in singles, made her WTA Tour debut 23 years ago. The Swiss star won nine doubles titles, including the coveted US Open title, in 2017 and is also one of only six players to hold the WTA World No.1 ranking in singles and doubles at the same time.
“Martina treated tennis fans the world over to her own style of superb tennis artistry that was always modern yet also classically timeless,” said Phil de Picciotto, Octagon Founder and President. “Her journey has been quite remarkable, from attaining the world No. 1 singles ranking 20 years ago to retiring with the world No. 1 doubles ranking today, not to mention 25 Grand Slam titles along the way. Representing her is a tremendous honor, and I have no doubt that she will continue to make many positive impacts on the game and the world.”
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2013, Hingis holds 43 WTA singles titles and 64 WTA doubles titles. The Swiss Tennis ambassador has racked up every major honor in the sport including Tour Comeback Player of the Year, Tour Doubles Team of the Year, Tour Player of the Year and Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, among many others. Hingis was a member of the Swiss Fed Cup team and the Swiss Olympic Team where she won a silver medal in doubles during the Summer Games in 2016.
The 37 year-old remains the youngest Grand Slam champion in history, having won the Wimbledon women’s doubles title at 15 years old and still remains as the youngest singles Grand Slam winner in the Open era. Hingis returned to the court in 2013 to play doubles exclusively. Since returning to the WTA Tour in 2013, she won 10 doubles Grand Slam titles.
Off the court, Hingis had strategic and loyal brand partnerships with some of the most recognizable names around the globe. In 2013, Hingis launched her own tennis apparel line, Tonic Tennis by Martina Hingis, and will continue to develop that brand to benefit future generations of athletes. In addition, Hingis will continue her 20+ year relationship with Yonex and her work with the international nonprofit, Right to Play, for which she will serve as their Ambassador in Switzerland.
Officially retired from competitive play, Hingis will use this free time to pursue her passions including horseback riding and skiing.
Octagon has a long and proud history in the sport of tennis that dates back over 30 years. The sports and entertainment agency has been at the forefront of sports marketing in tennis while representing some of the biggest names in the game, including Michael Chang, Johanna Konta, David Goffin, Dominika Cibulkova, Fernando Verdasco, Karolina Pliskova, among many others. Octagon also owns, manages and consults on more professional tennis tournament than any other entity in the world.