Martina Hingis 2001 News Archive (Sports - Tennis)

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Match-specific news and interview links are listed in the Martina Hingis 2001 Record.
These links are primarily to feature stories and offcourt news.


Early 2001 news of Martina Hingis was dominated by the story of 46-year-old Dubravko Rajcevic, a Croatian-born Australian naval architect, was arrested, tried, and convicted of stalking her. This was an unfortunate distraction to Martina's tennis the first quarter of the year:

CNNSI.com: Friday, January 26, 2001: Judge: Hingis should testify in stalker's trial
MIAMI (AP) -- Tennis star Martina Hingis should testify in person against the man accused of stalking her at a South Florida tennis tournament last year, a judge has ruled. Hingis, who wanted to testify by closed-circuit television or videotape, said in an affidavit that she didn't want to see Dubravko Rajcevic in the courtroom because he scares her "and I know that I would not be able to get his image out of my head."

BBC Sport: Saturday, 24 March, 2001: Hingis told to attend stalker trial
Tennis star Martina Hingis will have to come face-to-face with the man accused of stalking her during his trial next month. Dubravko Rajcevic, a Croatian-born engineer and now an Australian citizen, is charged with one count of stalking and three counts of trespassing.

CNNSI.com: Monday, April 02, 2001: Hingis told man to get out of her life
MIAMI (AP) -- Martina Hingis testified Monday that she is frightened by an accused stalker who repeatedly has ignored her pleas to leave her alone. Hingis acknowledged on cross-examination that Dubravko Rajcevic never threatened her. But the world's top-ranked women's player she believes Rajcevic is crazy and irrational.

CNNSI.com: Tuesday, April 03, 2001: Hingis stalker trial nearing completion in Miami
MIAMI (AP) -- A man accused of stalking Martina Hingis told jurors Tuesday that he understands the tennis star may no longer love him because she has probably found someone else while he's been in jail. But Dubravko Rajcevic said he was convinced Hingis once loved him because she smiled at the television cameras after winning a French Open match only hours after he sent her a fax telling her to smile more.

CNNSI.com: Wednesday, April 04, 2001: Rajcevic convicted of stalking Hingis
MIAMI (AP) -- A man who said he fell in love with tennis star Martina Hingis and followed her to tournaments around the world despite her pleas to stay away has been convicted of stalking. Dubravko Rajcevic, a 46-year-old Croatian-born naval architect from Australia, was found guilty Tuesday of stalking and three counts of trespassing at the 2000 Ericsson Open near Miami. He faces up to four years in prison.

CNNSI.com: Tuesday, April 10, 2001: Hingis glad she chose to testify against stalker
AMELIA ISLAND, Florida (Reuters) -- Martina Hingis said Tuesday that she was satisfied with the outcome of last week's trial of the man she had accused of stalking her and felt that testifying in the case was a valuable experience. "I'm definitely very pleased with the outcome," Hingis said from the Bausch & Lomb Championships in her first public statement since the conviction by a Florida jury of Dubravko Rajcevic, the Croatian-born Australian naval architect, whom she had accused stalking her since 1999.

In April and May, Martina played in 4 tournaments without her mother and coach Melanie Molitor accompanying her for the first time since 1999:

CNNSI.com: Thursday, April 26, 2001: Hingis adjusting well without mother at her side
GENEVA (AP) -- The world's No. 1 woman tennis player Martina Hingis, whose first attempt to cut loose from her mother's coaching ended in failure two years ago, is trying again to make it on her own, according to Swiss media reports. "For several weeks, Martina Hingis has found herself on her own as she has confronted Capriati, Sanchez and Williams. No mother, no coach, no manager," said the Geneva daily Le Temps on Thursday.

Molitor returned to coaching Martina at the French Open, May 28th. In a post-match interview, Martina said: "She's the best coach I could ever have. I know with her it's going to take me further than alone."

In late spring, Martina filed suit against sportswear manufacturer Sergio Tacchini, for providing shoes that injured her feet:

BBC Sport: Monday, 11 June, 2001: Hingis sues sportswear company
Women's world number one Martina Hingis has filed a $40m lawsuit against an Italian sportswear manufacturer claiming that they gave her shoes that injured her feet. The 20-year-old Swiss says in court papers filed in New York that in tournaments from 1996 into 1999 Sergio Tacchini outfitted her with "defective" shoes which were "unsuitable for competition".


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(October 16, 2001) Martina tore ankle ligaments in the 3rd game of her semifinal vs. Lindsay Davenport at the 2001 Porsche Grand Prix, forcing her to retire from the match. The injury required surgery in Zurich by Dr. Heinz Buehlmann, who said "I think she will be able to start running again in six to eight weeks [and] be back on the court and training in two months."

Photo: Melanie Molitor, Martina's mother, tapes Martina's ankle as they prepare to return home from a clinic in Zurich where Martina was receiving treatment for torn ligaments.

(Oct. 19) Martina is expected to have her ankle brace removed next week and begin physical therapy, as she recovers from torn ligaments. Jennifer Capriati, who displaced Martina from 1st in the WTA rankings for the first time in 73 weeks, sent her flowers and a get well card. Lindsay Davenport said: "I bet she'll come back fresher in January."

(Nov. 26) Martina has confirmed her entry in the Sydney International, January 6-12. Martina won the event last year.

(Dec. 12) There is still no online news about Martina Hingis recovery from her injury, but she is scheduled to play in the Toray Pan Pacific Open, starting January 29. Martina lost to Lindsay Davenport in the final last year (Davenport finished the 2001 season at the top of the rankings). Many other top players will be at this tournament, including Martina's frequent doubles partner Anna Kournikova.


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