Tennis star Martina Hingis quits sport after testing positive for cocaine
TENNIS STAR MARTINA HINGIS has retired from the sport after revealing she tested positive for cocaine at this year’s Wimbledon tournament.
However the Swiss tennis ace has denied ever taking drugs and claimed the allegations against her were ‘horrendous and monstrous’.
In a statement the 27-year-old former world number one said: ‘I have tested positive, but I have never taken drugs and I feel 100% innocent.
‘The reason I have come out with this is because I do not want to have a fight with anti-doping authorities.’
The five-time Grand Slam champion and former Wimbledon winner lost this year in the third round and then underwent a routine drugs test.
She continued in her statement saying: ‘When I was informed I had failed my ‘A’ test following my defeat at Wimbledon I was shocked and appalled.
‘I have no desire to spend the next seven years fighting doping officials. I’m frustrated and angry, and accusations such as these don’t provide me with the motivation to continue.’
She added: ‘Because of my age and health problems I have also decided to retire from professional tennis.’
A spokesperson for the Swiss tennis association told BBC Sport: ‘Our association makes it very clear that drugs is not, in any way, part of our sport.
‘It is sad to hear this news, but we have yet to have been informed of the details from the tests.’