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Hingis rules out comeback plans

FORMER No. 1 Martina Hingis won't make a comeback to competitive tennis. The 29-year old Hingis, who retired after getting a two-year ban in 2007 for testing positive for cocaine, told the French daily L'Equipe yesterday that she is happy with her new life.

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

Hingis added 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 down slope. And I was suspended for two years, and that was it."

Hingis spent 209 weeks at No. 1 and won five grand slam singles titles.

"I didn't have the right to play any competition, even in an other Olympic sport," she said. "I didn't have the right to feature in equestrian competition, even at an amateur level. ... I'm not sure I have completely recovered."

Hingis learned that her suspension was over on September 30 - her birthday - a few days after undergoing a doping test at her home.

"They thought maybe, like you, that I was planning a second comeback," she said.


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