June 29, 2022

As the Wimbledon Championships approached, the tennis world focused on the deteriorating state of Rafael Nadal’s left foot.

But the fact is that serious and persistent foot injuries are much more common on the women’s professional circuit. They have derailed many promising tennis careers, including those of popular champions. Here are some of the biggest names on the Women’s Tennis Association Tour who have failed by their feet.

Martina Hingis

Hingis is perhaps the biggest “what if?” question in the history of women’s tennis. She has won five Grand Slam singles titles, 13 Grand Slam doubles titles and seven Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

Yet despite having spent a total of 209 weeks as world No. 1 in singles and 90 weeks as world No. 1 in doubles (and holding both No. 1 rankings simultaneously for 29 weeks), then As she was entering what should have been her prime, she announced her retirement at age 22 in 2003 due to pain from injuries (and subsequent surgeries) to her feet and ankles. In 2001, Hingis sued her former sponsor, Sergio Tacchini, for $40 million for fitting her with “faulty” shoes that were “unfit for competition.” The lawsuit was dismissed in 2002.

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