Hingis Fails Coke Test, Retires

Tennis star denies taking drugs, but quits over age and health issues
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2007 1:55 PM CDT
Tennis star Martina Hingis sits front row at the BCBG - Max Azria 2008 spring/summer show during Fashion Week in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007. (AP Photo/John Smock)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tennis star Martina Hingis today admitted that she tested positive for cocaine in a pre-Wimbledon drug test, and announced her retirement, citing age and health problems. The five-time Grand Slam champ denies taking drugs, the AP reports. "I find this accusation so horrendous that I've decided to confront it head on," Hingis says.

Hingis, who lost in the third round of Wimbledon, said she had hired a lawyer who found "various inconsistencies" in her urine sample. WTA head Larry Scott refused comment as he hadn't received any official info, but stressed that all players are presumed innocent. Hingis, 27, is currently ranked 19th in the world, the BBC reports.