I will fly 6,000 miles for a chance to see the Swiss Miss, Martina Hingis this Wimbledon. I know it’s a long shot, especially since she is out of the professional tennis scene, but she usually plays the Legend’s Invitational during Grand Slams, so there’s still a small glimmer of hope. (The chance would have been bigger if she still coaches Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Too bad they had to part ways after the French Open).
I have been a fan of Martina Hingis since 1996; followed her ups and downs, victories and defeats. Her play is now considered vintage. A decade after, I was able to see her play here in Japan (Toray Pan Pacific) where she out-smarted Maria Sharapova during the semis, but was demolished by Elena Dementieva for the title. I settled for the cheapest seat as I didn't have enough budget. Also, I didn’t have a DSLR back then so I content myself with grainy photos taken with my point and shoot camera.
After she stayed away from the tennis scene, news about her became very limited. I have to thank the Grand Slams for having a Legend’s Invitational event so I can still see her play. And I really hope that she will join this year, teaming up with Lindsay Davenport again, so that I can watch her (them) play.
I will never know when she will permanently hang her racket. I will never know when I can have another chance to see her play again. This is the best chance I have, to see her play again. I'll get the first ticket once the schedule is released. I promise to be a good spectator.
I have one simple wish though – a photo with the Swiss Miss, Martina Hingis.
You know, a fan boy can dream too.