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Martina Hingis inducted into Tennis Hall of Fame

Tennis great Martina Hingis of Switzerland looks at a display dedicated to her career at the International Hall of Fame Museum in Newport, R.I., July 12, 2013. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Elise Amendola

Martina Hingis was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday, becoming one of the youngest members to be enshrined in one of the sport’s most elite clubs.

The 32-year-old from Switzerland was among a distinguished class of inductees who were formally inducted at Newport, Rhode Island.

Hingis became the fourth youngest player to be inducted, following Tracy Austin (30), Bjorn Borg (31) and Hana Mandlikova (32).

Born in Czechoslovakia and named after Martina Navratilova, Hingis announced her arrival on the world stage when she won the 1993 French Open junior title at just 12 years of age.

She turned professional two weeks before her 14th birthday and went on to achieve a series of youngest-ever records.

Hingis won five grand slam singles titles – the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Australian Opens, 1997 Wimbledon and 1997 U.S. Open – and held the number one ranking for 209 weeks.

She also won nine grand slam doubles titles and a mixed doubles title before injuries forced her into early retirement at the age of 22.

Hingis made a comeback four years later but retired after testing positive for cocaine. She denied using the drug but retired without fighting the ban.

Also enshrined were 94-year-old Australian great Thelma Coyne Long, who was inducted in the master player category, and Ion Tiriac, Cliff Drysdale and Charlie Pasarell, who were inducted for their contributions to tennis.

Australian great Rod Laver accepted the honour on behalf of Coyne Long.