We saw her grow up right before our eyes on the WTA Tour. One thing was always certain, she had tons of talent, a beautiful game and will remain in the record books for a long time. With a resume of 43 WTA Titles, the number one ranking on the WTA, 5 Grand Slam Singles titles (3 Australian Opens, 1 Wimbledon Championship, 1 US Open title) — Martina Hingis is continuing to expand her wins on the WTA, but this time, as a coach.
Turning 33 this September, Martina looks to be doing a great job settling into life after being a teen tennis phenom. In the recent weeks, she has been spending a bit of time a little closer to the WTA, coaching talented Russian player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Martina, who previously was a member of the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy coaching staff, has paired with Pavlyuchenkova for her first taste of working as a full-time personal coach. The two paired up right in time for the clay season. The 21 year old Russian has had some success this year winning a title in Monterrey, but she has noticeably been struggling in the major tournaments of the year. Pavlyuchenkova has suffered first round losses in the Australian Open, Paris, Dubai, Indian Wells and Miami. Since the two have paired up, the duo has already seen some success with Pavlyuchenkova winning a title on the red clay in singles (Portugal) and doubles (Madrid).
There’s no doubt that Martina should be able to help Pavlyuchenkova with her mental game as well as be able to help her through those tight, high-pressured matches. It has been fun to see Pavlyuchenkova take advantage of calling her coach onto the court. Just this week in Madrid, Martina was brought on court when Pavlyuchenkova was down 6-7, 1-4 against Victoria Azarenka. After a change over chatting with Martina, the Russian managed to fight back and found herself up 6-5 in the set. Unfortunately, she couldn’t pull the match out (and because of the WTA rule, she couldn’t call Martina back to the court until after the second set finished). It is great to see a veteran WTA star pass her knowledge, experience and advice onto the next generation.
Despite Pavlyuchenkova’s early exit in Madrid to Azarenka last week, the Russian did some damage and took the doubles title with Lucie Safarova. As we know, Martina was a stand out doubles player on tour as well and she took to facebook excited to share the news of another title for her new player.
I must admit, I’ve become a bigger fan of Martina Hingis in her life post-WTA. I always respected her game and found her to be incredibly talented, but she never was my favorite (maybe it’s because I loved Steffi Graf and will never forget that one French Open final in 1999). Now, after she’s mellowed out a bit and matured, I can’t help enjoy her and what she’s doing in the tennis world. Despite her recent coaching endeavor, Hingis has also been working hard in the fashion world of tennis.
Martina paired with Canadian sportswear line, Tonic, when she found herself on the UK’s version of Dancing with the Stars (Strictly Come Dancing), and was looking for workout wear for her dance/training sessions. She stumbled upon Tonic and fell in love with the materials, styles, and options that Tonic offered active women. She approached them and asked about making a tennis line. And so the project began and a whole new world opened up for Martina. She found herself enjoying the fashion world and really wanting to make the perfect outfit for tennis players that could be comfortable, performing, and stylish. You can watch her Tonic story here. I personally think she’s done a great job, as Tonic has become one of my favorite brands of tennis wear because of the amazing feel of the materials and fun, yet simple, pieces. The designs are fresh, the materials are great for active athletes, made from Libra (87% Supplex, 13% Lycra) and were developed with durability and performance in mind.
It’s fun to watch a former player continue to be involved in the tennis world. I look forward to see how Martina Hingis’ career as a WTA coach progresses and am anxiously awaiting another new season of clothes from her Tonic Tennis line!
Play with heart,