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.”

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“No way I would be a journalist. You guys have tried to kill Roger often. But he’s always come back and proved you wrong. So one thing I  would not do is make the mistake of saying Roger is dead.“ - Rafael Nadal

"I’ve done and lived the most with him. From five-set matches on court, to promoting a tournament in Qatar, to doing foundation work together. And I’ve gone to dinners with him. I know his family the best, as well. I know his mum, dad and sister. Yeah, our bond goes further back than the one I have with Novak or Andy. And for that reason I feel closest and most connected to Rafa.” - Roger Federer

Roger Federer is one of those guys who strolls on to the tennis court impeccably dressed, plays five sets leaping about like a gazelle and finishes with barely a hair out of place with zero sweat and does his post match interview mentioning how it was a trifle hot.

Disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. At least Andy Murray has the decency to look like he’s been crossing the Sahara everytime he finishes a match like a real human being!

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Roger is probably one of the best players that ever played the game. He’s been so great to tennis, because he is such a personality. Everybody loves Roger - the way he plays, the way he acts on the court as a sportsman, off the court. Everybody’s got so much respect for him now, and I think the longer he stays in tennis, the better it is for tennis.” - Stefan Edberg

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Serena Williams, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova, Grigor Dimitrov, Madison Keys, Eugenie Bouchard, Nick Kyrgios, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and John McEnroe | Nike’s “NYC Street Tennis” Event, New York City