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Martina Hingis out of Olympic mixed doubles, gets new doubles partner

Martina Hingis

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 22: Martina Hingis of Switzerland in action during her women’s doubles match with doubles partner Sania Mirza of Indian (not pictured) against Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic and Samantha Stouser of Australia on day four of the WTA Aegon International at Devonshire Park on June 22, 2016 in Eastbourne, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images for LTA)

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Martina Hingis will not play mixed doubles in her return to the Olympics for the first time since her Atlanta 1996 debut, but she did get a new doubles partner.

Hingis, a 35-year-old five-time Grand Slam singles champion from the late 1990s, will play with Timea Bacsinszky in Rio.

Hingis lost her original Olympic doubles and mixed doubles partners in a two-day span last week, when Belinda Bencic and Roger Federer both withdrew due to injuries.

Hingis is ruled out of mixed doubles since the only other Swiss male player, Stan Wawrinka, wants to concentrate on singles.

Hingis will not play singles in Rio, as she is now a doubles specialist on the WTA Tour, ranking No. 1 in the world.

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