Hingis to play Novotna in rematch of '97 Wimbledon final

Updated: June 12, 2008, 11:29 AM ET
Associated Press

LIVERPOOL, England -- Martina Hingis, banned from the WTA Tour for two years for testing positive for cocaine, will play an exhibition match against Jana Novotna during the Liverpool International tournament on Friday.

Organizers are billing it a rematch of the 1997 Wimbledon final. Hingis tested positive after a third-round exit at Wimbledon last year.

Hingis, a former No. 1 player and winner of five Grand Slams, retired for the second time last November, a day after her doping violation was made public. She denied using cocaine.

The International Tennis Federation disqualified Hingis' results from Wimbledon and other tournaments last year. She forfeited ranking points gained and $129,481 in prize money.

She's banned from competitive tennis until October, 2009.

Her 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Novotna at Wimbledon in 1997 was one of the three majors she won that season. Only a loss in the French Open final prevented a season Grand Slam.


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