Tennis - Lindsay Davenport says doping ban scarred Martina Hingis and hurt her deeply


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Tennis - Lindsay Davenport says doping ban scarred Martina Hingis and hurt her deeply

Tennis - Former world no. 1 Lindsay Davenport has said that friend and former rival Martina Hingis was left scarred by her two year doping ban in 2007 for allegdely using coccaine during Wimbledon that year. Hingis was banned for two years but did not fight the charges and instead chose to retire from the sport.

Speaking to the New York Times, Davenport, who has played legends doubles with Hingis in the past couple of years at the slams, commented "That definitely scarred her emotionally. That was not easy for her. And then to be not welcome in tennis for two years; you forget, you’re not even allowed to go watch.

And that hurt her, deeply. And so I think when that was lifted, she wasn’t exactly ready to re-embrace the tennis world. It took her a little while to heal from those wounds and get to a place where she felt that she had moved past that.

I think the personal stuff that’s going on, getting divorced from her husband, I think she needs something else to focus on. And that’s been the tennis.” Hingis returns to the circuit this week at the SoCal Open in Carlsbad playing doubles with Daniela Hantuchova.