Hingis rules out comeback

PARIS - Former world No 1 Martina Hingis won't make a comeback to competitive tennis.

PARIS - Former world No 1 Martina Hingis won't make a comeback to competitive tennis.

Hingis, 29, who retired after being slapped with a two-year ban in 2007 for testing positive for cocaine, told L'Equipe yesterday that she is happy with her new life.

"I've got a nice house and my four horses," Hingis said. "On the tour, I had no life."

Hingis said that even without being tested positive, she would likely have retired.

"If I had won the four Grand Slam tournaments, maybe I would have continued," she said.

"But I was on a down-slope. I was suspended for two years, and that was it."

Hingis, who spent 209 weeks at No 1 in the women's rankings and won five Grand Slam singles titles, said she went through hard times during her suspension.

"I didn't have the right to play any competition, even in another Olympic sport. I'm not sure I have completely recovered." - Sapa-AP

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