Hingis mulls over possibility of Swiss dream-team Olympic pairing with Federer

10:24, July 29, 2011      

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Tennis great Martina Hingis said there are "lots of ifs" involved on whether she will team up with Roger Federer to represent Switzerland for the mixed-doubles competition at next year's London Olympics.

Speaking in Vancouver Wednesday night where she was collaborating on her new Tonic Tennis clothing line, the former world No. 1 who has twice retired from tennis, the most recent being in November 2007, said "there's talks definitely, but it's a bit premature."

The 30-year-old Hingis, who is playing on the World Team Tennis Tour and partnered with Lindsay Davenport earlier this month to win the Wimbledon Ladies Invitation Doubles title, defeating Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna in straight sets, said ultimately it would require a total commitment on her part to form what would be a dream pairing with Federer, the 16-times Grand Slam winner and current world number three.

"If, if, if. I mean definitely I would have to play some tournaments, like mingle around, play some doubles, some mixed (doubles) at Grand Slams. But that's another issue if you want to go through all that," said Hingis, a winner of five Grand Slams in singles, nine in doubles and one in mixed doubles during an illustrious career.

"I'm not quite up there anymore. I think it is pretty much something that, you know, it's like players of today who are out there and play like (Andy) Roddick and (Serena) Williams ... it's almost like an unbeatable combination, so you have to definitely think even like going out there there are very strong pairings. I would not want to put myself in that position and look stupid. You have to be totally committed."

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