As most of you will already know, a seemingly casual, hypothetical question posed by DailyForehand to Martina Hingis just over a week ago had the entire tennis world weeing their pants in excitement at the possibility of a Federer/Hingis mixed doubles team at the London Olympics.
Since then, SI.com has confirmed from one of Hingis’s agents Phil de Picciotto that she has indeed been in “informal conversations” with the Wogies about the London Olympics.
Swiss Tennis president Rene Stammbach has also stated not-so-subtly that he is planning on sitting down with Martina and Woger in August to have some “conversations with the parties involved on that potential subject”. For those not fluent in Swiss, I dare say that roughly translates to “OMGZ BRB organising tennistical match-making sessions NAOOOOO *shaking and cryingzzz*!”
According to SI, for Hingis to be eligible for mixed doubles at the 2012 Olympics, administratively, she will (obviously) have to unretire and gain a professional ranking, as well as make herself available for anti-doping tests for a minimum of 3 months prior to the Olympics (which can be done off tour). Switzerland will also need to petition the IOC to secure entry for Martina to bypass the Fed Cup participation requirements (players must “make themselves available” for at least two of the past four years in order to be eligible).
It’s a lot of hassle for a bit of on-court chemistry, but look me in the computer screen and tell me you don’t see the opening for a way back for Martina Hingis right there? If Hingis had any lingering regrets over the way her second career ended, then surely Federer just went and dangled a giant carrot in her face to lure her back into the game? And if Kimiko Date Krumm can do it as an Octogenarian, why not Hingis?