LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Martina Hingis of Switzerland in action during her Ladies Invitational doubles match against Anne Hobbs and Samantha Smith of Great Britain on Day Eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Tournament director Paul McNamee has announced his intentions of wooing Roger Federer and Martina Hingis to play Hopman Cup in January of 2012, after hearing of their potential partnership.
A pairing that first gained attention as a hypothetical question after a World Team Tennis match in July could become a reality on the tennis court as soon as January.
If Roger Federer is able to convince Martina Hingis to return for mixed doubles at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the two might reunite on court for the first time in Perth, Australia at the Hopman Cup, the lone tournament outside the Grand Slams which features mixed doubles. Federer and Hingis teamed to win the Hopman Cup for Switzerland in 2001, which was Federer's biggest professional title at the time.
Russell Reid of The West Australian reports that Hopman Cup tournament director Paul McNamee plans to ask Roger Federer (again) if he is interested in playing Hopman Cup next year.
"I did get a no from Roger earlier in the year, but given there is this story circulating that he will be playing mixed doubles at the Olympics with Martina Hingis, I certainly will ask the question again when I go to New York," said McNamee.
McNamee's thoughts on Hingis' availability were considerably more definite.
"Martina has said to me that she would kill to come back here, she is a given."
Hardly sounds like he's talking about a woman who has expressed misgivings about coming out of retirement at all, does it?
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