female tennis stars and their foot injuries

female tennis stars and their foot injuries

In the runup to the Wimbledon Championships, the tennis world has been focused on the condition of Rafael Nadal’s deteriorating left foot.

But the fact is, serious lingering foot injuries are far more common on the women’s professional tour. They’ve derailed plenty of promising tennis careers — including those of popular champions. Here are just a few of the Women’s Tennis Association Tour’s biggest names who have been failed by their feet.

Martina Hingis

Hingis is perhaps the biggest “what if?” question in the history of women’s tennis. She won five Grand Slam singles titles, 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and seven Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

female tennis stars and their foot injuries

Yet despite spending a total of 209 weeks as the singles world No. 1 and 90 weeks as doubles world No. 1 (and holding both No.1 rankings simultaneously for 29 weeks), just as she was entering what should have been her prime, she announced her retirement at age 22 in 2003 because of the pain from injuries (and subsequent surgeries) to her feet and ankles. In 2001, Hingis had famously sued her former sponsor, Sergio Tacchini, for $40 million for outfitting her with “defective” shoes that were “unsuitable for competition.” The lawsuit was dismissed in 2002.

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