With Serena Williams not competing in World TeamTennis this summer, the four-time defending champion Washington Kastles acquired the services of former world No. 1 Martina Hingis on Tuesday.
Hingis, 32, joins a team that returns the nucleus of its roster: Venus Williams, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds, Anastasia Rodionova and Coach Murphy Jensen.
A five-time Grand Slam singles champion, Hingis, who reached the world No. 1 ranking at age 16, will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on July 13. She’s scheduled to join the Kastles for their final nine matches — including home matches at Kastles Stadium on the Wharf July 17, 20, 22 and 24 — and will remain with the team if it advances to the playoffs.
Hingis spent 209 weeks at No. 1 during her pro career, which was cut short by injury. Over the past six seasons she has become a popular and powerful force in World TeamTennis. Competing for the New York Sportimes, Hingis finished the last two seasons as the league’s highest ranked female singles player.