Martina Hingis’ Dignified Despite the Odds

November 3, 2007

Hingis Remembers a Drink being Given to Her…

This can be read on Hingis’ website forum ( Hingis Forum ) . She is so much smarter than she may look like during her last TV-spot presenting her V-Zug high-tech household machines. She said she is not an “ace” in cooking and played dumb gittery during the spot. The PR gurus played with Martina’s cute innocent smile and nearly perfect reputation. Now it’s all gone. V-Zug will stop the TV-spots that were planned until the end of the year. Because Hingis’ confession of the Wimbeldon B-test reconfirming that their was cocaine in her blood was a shock that even struck the sponsors. But like Addidas, V-Zug doesn’t want to cancel Hingis’ contract for now. Yonex could even imagine to write an ambassador contract for Hingis, yet depending on the development of the case.

But this is not enough of the confusion. There was no official information of Hinggis’ doping case to the International Tennis Association. It all came from Hingis’ mouth. Why? Earlier this year she said she was so motivated, and she won another couple of titles since her comeback. it all looked so promising. But it was just too much for her nerves and her already worn out body. May be her mother Melanie pushed her too hard during her youth? At 18 she fell off her horse and needed to have a surgery on her knees. Then her complicated foot situation – the pain is back. Then her hip hurts.

 I understand that she does not want to publicly fight the case for years while still playing, and thus risking a clash with the Tennis Association lateron. It was the right moment for her to retire from World Tennis. Somebody in the forum mentioned that Martina was wearing her engagement ring again. That could be a test for the man who may still love her now. Will he take his chance now, while many of those who used to laugh with Martina, will turn their back against her?

 God bless Martina!


Roger Federer – the Winner Takes it All

September 10, 2007

The US Open is Federer’s 12th grand slam title, two short of Pete Sampras’s record. He has won four times at Flushing Meadows, five times at Wimbledon and three titles at the Australian Open. But the French Open title still eludes him.

2.400.000 $$$. That’s too much!!! I overslept the final between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. But being Swiss, I really wanted to see the final ball at the Swiss news channel Tagesschau. This should have been Number One coverage on Swiss TV.

But guess what was shown: Pre-election intrigues, Switzerland 5 years in the U.N., Nawaz Sharif pushed away again(Pakistan’s former President), U.S. troups to withdraw from Irak?, Maddie, Merckel and Sarkozy, Olmert and Abbas, Chicungunya raging (in Italy), Vienna Philharmonics in Lucerne with 26 year old musical director. Then the weather. That’s it. Not a single word about Roger Federer. To think of it – it was not even covered in the newspapers because Federer won after midnight when the newspapers were being printed already. Has Roger Federer become too successful for us Swiss to bear?

Federer Residences Oberwil and Wollerau

May 5, 2007


Oberwil, Canton Basel-Land and Wollerau, Canton Schwyz

“Tennis champion “Roger Federer” is leaving Basel-Land: He will move into a rented apartment. However, he doesn’t want to pay his taxes on the Lake of Zurich, but still in Oberwil Basel-Land, at least for now.”

The above lead was read in “Basler Zeitung” on it’s May 4, 2007, issue. Yes, it IS an issue in Switzerland where “The World Sportsman” of the years 2005, 2006 AND 2007 and PR icon for Swiss Dairy Food products Emmi and Swiss Coffee giant Nespresso
should pay his taxes.

Roger Federer indead wants to move out – and since Wednesday, the whole of Switzerland knows it. “Tele Zueri” had the workmen in front of the camera, “Radio Central” had a group of regulars in front of their microphone and what about the BaZ newspaper? They had the parents on the phone. Although Lynette and Robert Federer don’t want to comment on any of the rumours, they are very open, inofficially. “Roggie takes a rented appartment. But he stays registered in Oberwil”, says the father and bids a firm yet polite good bye.

According to BaZ, this is not the first time that stories about moving plans of Roger are traded in the Swiss media. He presented his interest in a lot in Grandvaux, Canton Vaud, in the midst of Lavaux vignards high above Lake Geneva, with a view to the French and Swiss Alps.

WITH SAUNA. Well, Roger Federer will have to do without the alps in Wollerau but will instead enjoy a lake. As pictures as published by “Basler Zeitung” suggest, the tennis star will enjoy a beautiful lake view from his rented terrace house apartment on the forth floor in the village of Bäch (Wollerau town), “Canton Schwyz”. The local newspaper “Südostschweiz” gossipped about the “very generously equipped apartment” with a sauna. But WHEN the very talkative workmen will have finished the interior construction remains a secret for now.

But this is also not the point. “Wollerau” and the neighboring “Freienbach” are two of the most tax friendly towns in Switzerland. This fact is being taken advantage of by UBS top banker “Marcel Ospel”, CS top banker “Oswald Grübel”, the tennis players “Martina Hinggis” and “Patty Schnyder” and even the Formula-1 pilote “Kimi Räikkönen” and “Felipe Massa” to file his tax return sheet in Oberwil, that costs him around 4,2 Millions Swiss Francs (almost 4 Million Dollars) of taxes a year according to boulevard tabloid “Blick”.

Now the Baz newspaper rambles in “Swissness style” about talks of Mayors regarding the tax laws and potentials. I’ll spare you all of it, well except for one interesting detail, as Rudolf Mohler, mayor of Oberwil puts it: “Our municipal finances will not be a disaster in case Roger Federer moves out for good. We ve’got more quiet co-citizens who pay more!”