The series of photos of tennis players when they were kids continues, this time we have Martina Hingis.
Hingis recently ended her career, most certainly not in a way she wanted, but that can’t overshadow all the heights she has achieved during the time she played tennis as a professional.
I would like to accompany these childhood photos of Martina Hingis with a short story about the beginnings of her impressive tennis career.
Both Hingis’ parents were tennis players, and they named their daughter Martina, after tennis star Martina Navratilova. Hingis started playing tennis when she was only two years old, and entered her first tournament at the age of four.
In 1993, Hingis became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam junior title — she was 12 years old when she won the girls’ singles at the French Open. In 1994, Hingis defended her French Open junior title, won the girls’ singles title at Wimbledon, and was top-ranked junior player.
Hingis started her professional career two weeks after her 14th birthday, in October 1994. In 1995, she became the youngest player to win a match at a Grand Slam tournament when she advanced to the second round of the Australian Open.
If you’re new to the series, do check out cute photos of little Ana Ivanovic, Kim Clijsters, Monica Seles, Lindsay Davenport, Venus Williams, and Marion Bartoli. And stay tuned, there’s more to come! (info via Wikipedia, photos via WTA World)