Tennis champion Martina Hingis (see more pictures below) has been suspended from competition tennis for two years after she tested positive for cocaine last June at Wimbledon.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) stated that in addition to her suspension, she will also forfeit the ranking points she earned from last year’s Wimbledon as well as money earned in events she played after Wimbledon – a total of $129,481. She is ordered to repay that amount. The suspension is retroactive to October 1, 2007.
Hingus retired from tennis in November after she announced the test results and at the time said:
“I find this accusation so horrendous, so monstrous, that I have decided to confront it head-on by talking to the press. I am frustrated and angry. I believe that I am absolutely 100 percent innocent.”
If Hingis will appeal the ruling, she has three weeks to do so.
See more photos of Martina Hingis below.