Martina Hingis heads Tennis Hall of Fame class

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Martina Hingis’s tennis life started right from birth and her days playing with a racket began barely after she learned to walk.

It was only fitting that she became one of the youngest players to be enshrined into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Hingis led a large 2013 class that was inducted Saturday in Newport, R.I., during an on-court ceremony that lasted just over 90 minutes, including a 25-minute rain delay.

Also enshrined were 94-year-old Australian great Thelma Coyne Long, inducted in the master player category, and industry leaders Ion Tiriac, Cliff Drysdale, and Charlie Pasarell.

The semifinal matches at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport were pushed back a day after heavy rain wiped out most of play.

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