CARLSBAD, CA, USA - Martina Hingis, who was just inducted into the International Tennis Hall Of Fame in Newport over the weekend, has accepted a wildcard into the doubles draw of the Southern California Open in Carlsbad, scheduled for July 27 to August 4 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa.
Hingis will begin her doubles comeback partnering Daniela Hantuchova at the Premier-level event.
"I am very much looking forward to making a return to competitive play at the Southern California Open," Hingis said. "I remember winning the singles and doubles here in 1997 and winning the singles again in 1999. This has always been one of my favorite events to play. I feel in good shape at the moment after playing World Team Tennis. My competitive spirit is still very much alive and I love being out on court. The tournament at Onmi La Costa Resort & Spa is the perfect place for me to start."
Hingis, a nine-time Grand Slam champion and former No.1 in doubles, played her last three doubles events with Hantuchova, at Miami, Los Angeles and the US Open in 2007. She also has big success in Carlsbad, sweeping the singles and doubles in 1997 and winning the singles one more time in 1999.
"We are honored to have such a great champion choose to make the Southern California Open her first tournament back on tour," said Tournament Director Alastair Garland. "Having just been inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, it will be a true treat for the fans to enjoy watching Martina play doubles."
In addition to playing doubles, Hingis will spend time during the Southern California Open in Carlsbad promoting her new signature tennis collection - Tonic by Martina Hingis. The new clothing line from Tonic Lifestyle Apparel is the Official Clothing Partner of the Southern California Open.