14 Jul 2013

Hingis inducted into Hall of Fame

3:02 pm on 14 July 2013

Switzerland's Martina Hingis has been inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, becoming one of the youngest members to be enshrined in one of the sport's most elite clubs.

The 32-year-old who was born in Czechoslovakia and named after Martina Navratilova, announced her arrival on the world stage when she won the 1993 French Open junior title at just 12 years of age.

She turned professional two weeks before her 14th birthday and went on to achieve a series of youngest-ever records.

Hingis won five grand slam singles titles - the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Australian Opens, 1997 Wimbledon and 1997 U.S. Open - and held the number one ranking for 209 weeks.

She also won nine grand slam doubles titles and a mixed doubles title before injuries forced her into early retirement at the age of 22.