On the 20th anniversary of her Wimbledon win, the Swiss tennis star is emulating Serena Williams by supporting sport and education projects in poor countries

Having twice retired from tennis only to have a change of heart, Martina Hingis likes to joke that she is pursuing her fourth career. Judging by her cheerful disposition as she gently feeds tennis balls to a three-year-old boy at a coaching clinic on the middle Sunday of Wimbledon – where she became champion two decades ago almost to the day – a fifth act beckons.

Last December, Hingis became the latest in a long line of tennis stars to put her name to a cause, becoming an ambassador for Right to Play, a global organisation that uses sport and play to educate children in some of the world’s poorest communities.

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