Hingis mulls over possibility of Swiss dream-team Olympic pairing with Federer (2)

10:24, July 29, 2011      

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Hingis, who turned pro at 14 and held the world No. 1 position for 209 weeks, said it had been four years since she last played pro tennis. She added she still enjoyed playing team tennis and was "quite proud" of herself that she could still play Serena Williams and "hold her own".

Last weekend in New York, the pair met for the first time in nine years in Williams' Team Tennis debut in New York. Williams won the first match 5-3, and Hingis took the second match by an identical score.

With Roddick and Williams committed to play mixed doubles for the U.S.A. at next year's Summer Olympics, the addition of a Hingis and Federer pairing would undoubtedly be a major boost for the profile of tennis worldwide, and one of the stories of the Games.

Previously, Hingis had only partnered once with the then largely unknown Federer at the 2001 Hopman Cup.

Despite the Olympic speculation, Hingis remained non-committal.

"I didn't always play all the Olympics. I participated in one (in 1996) and I'm happy with that," she said.

Hingis explained her association with the Vancouver-based Tonic Lifestyle Apparel came about by chance. While appearing on the British television show Strictly Come Dancing in 2009, she bought some workout clothes made by the company and loved the material and quality.

After being introduced to the company's management, a new corporation, Tonic Tennis, was formed with Hingis a stakeholder. The company plans to debut 15 pieces of clothing in the spring of 2012.

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