The Swiss Miss Has A New Mister

Monday, November 15, 2010 /by

Martina HingisMartina Hingis has found love…again. Yes, the Jessica Simpson of tennis has a new leading man in her rom-com of a love life. His name is Thibault Hutin, and he’s a 24-year-old Frenchman and fellow show jumper. The 30-year-old Swiss went public with the romance earlier this month in an interview with La Voix du Nord. And, just in case anyone missed it, she told the Sunday edition of Blick (Sonntags Blick) that she was “not single anymore.”
 
Blick was the perfect outlet for Hingis to spread the word about her new beau. It is, by all appearances, the Swiss version of Britain’s Daily Mail. With its boldface type, excessive exclamation points, scantily-clad celebrities and headlines like “Sex-Skandal bei den schwedischen Royals,” you don’t really need to speak the language to understand what’s going on. As a modern-day town crier, Blick is there when a celebrity like Hingis needs to scream to the world that she’s happy, in love and has moved on in her personal life.
 
Like pop princess and reality-show star Jessica Simpson, Hingis takes to singlehood like a moth takes to a blown-out light bulb. She has no interest in it. Simpson, if you didn't hear, announced last week that she was engaged to NFL player Eric Johnson, a man she started dating about five months ago. Simpson’s announcement came a week after ex-husband's—Nick Lachey's—announcement that he was engaged to Vanessa Minnillo, his girlfriend of almost five years.

Does that scenario sound familiar? It should. It was only last March that Hingis revealed she was engaged to Swiss lawyer Andreas Bieri. (Sadly, a month after announcing the news, Hingis broke up with him.) The engagement revelation came around the same time that a rumor began spreading that Nicole Vaidisova and Radek Stepanek, who Hingis was engaged to back in 2007, were getting married in July. It was an interesting coincidence, to say the least. Unlike Simpson, though, Hingis waited before telling everyone she’s found love again. It took her approximately four months to go public with Thibault after the Vaidisova-Stepanek union.
 
Perhaps I’m just being jealous, but I’d love to look back on the trail of my life and see it strewn with a bunch of old flames. Instead I have to live vicariously through women like Hingis and Simpson, who are willing to put their hearts on the line over and over and over again. Fortunately for them, there are men who seem unaware of their history or, if they are aware, don’t care about becoming just another name on a long list of past loves.
 
And fortunately for me, 20 Minutes online has compiled, in pictures, the many loves of Hingis, including the Magnus Norman and Sergio Garcia years. It’s in French, but like Blick, you don’t have to understand the language to get the gist of it.

—Sarah Thurmond

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