Former World No. 1 Martina Hingis says that being a mother is more exhausting than playing tennis, in an interview to the BLICK website. The 39 year old Hingis, who gave birth to her daughter, Lia, one year ago, shared about her experiences on motherhood, saying that it was something nobody can prepare you for.
"Being a mother is more exhausting than playing tennis. I trained tennis for 30 years, it was my job. But nobody can prepare you for being a mother." Hingis, who rose to No. 1 in the world at the age of 16, also said that her daughter does like to hold a racket and play with balls but says it is too early to make anything out of it.
"She has already played a few times. But you can't call it tennis yet. She can hold the racket and is interested in balls." Meanwhile, speaking about the current generation of Swiss players on the WTA Tour, Belinda Bencic and Leonie Jung, Hingis says, “It's been a great year for her (Bencic).
Nobody can take away the number four in the world. I met (Leonie) her at the vet two or three years ago. She also came to us for a short training session. At Wimbledon, her father said to me on the phone: 'We're actually a farming family, she should be playing well on the grass.
We have it at home as well." Hingis married Harald Leeman, a sports physician in July 2018 and the pair met in 2016.