Returning to the Olympics with Martina Hingis
This post is part of our #BeyondTheGames series, which spotlights inspiring women athletes in the Instagram community who are telling their Olympic story. To see more photos from Martina Hingis, follow @martinahingis80 on Instagram.
Swiss tennis legend Martina Hingis (@martinahingis80) was 15 years old when she competed in the 1996 Olympic Games. Now, 22 Grand Slam titles later, she’s looking to win her first-ever gold, this time competing in doubles. “We have a very solid tennis team this time around and I am just happy and proud to be a part of it,” she says. Solid may be an understatement: In mixed-doubles, Martina’s other half is fellow tennis legend Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) — between the two they boast an unprecedented 39 Grand Slam titles. Martina, who will also be pairing with Belinda Bencic (@belindabencic) in women’s doubles, says there’s an advantage to playing doubles: “You have a supporter, someone who can pump you up in the right moments, when you need it the most,” she says. “Your partner can help you find solutions when things aren’t going right and you help each other out.”