By Nick Georgandis
Tennis birthdays for the week of September 29 - October 5
Recently unretired Swiss former No. 1 Martina Hingis turns 33. Hingis has been ranked No. 1 in both singles and doubles and won 15 career Grand Slam titles - five in singles. In singles, she won the Australian Open in 1997-1999, along with Wimbledon and the US Open in 1997. She just missed the single-year Grand Slam when she lost the French Open final in 1997. She has won the career Grand Slam in women's doubles, winning the Australian Open four times (1997-1999, 2002), the French Open twice (1998, 2000); Wimbledon twice (1996, 1998) and the US Open (1998). She won the single-season doubles Slam along. She also won the 2006 Australian Open mixed doubles title.
Austria's Thomas Muster, former world No. 1, turns 46. Muster won the 1995 French Open, defeating defending champion Michael Chang. That year he won 12 tournament titles and 40 straight matches on clay.
The Czech Republic's Jana Novotna, a 17-time Grand Slam winner, turns 45. Novotna won 12 Slams in women's doubles, four in mixed doubles and one in singles - the 1998 Wimbledon title. She won each of the four women's doubles Slams at least twice and also won three Olympic medals - silvers in women's doubles in 1988 and 1996 and a bronze in women's singles in 1996.
France's Marion Bartoli, the recently-retired 2013 Wimbledon champion, turns 29. Bartoli defeated Sabine Lisicki in an unexpected final last July and was ranked No. 7 jn the world 40 days later when she abruptly retired, citing pain and lingering injuries.
American mixed doubles master Owen Davidson turns 70. Davidson won 10 mixed doubles Grand Slams, including all four tournaments in 1967 with Billie Jean King. he also won two Grand Slam men's doubles titles and reached No. 8 in the world in singles. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2010.
Two-time doubles Grand Slam champion Richey Reneberg turns 48. Reneberg won the Australian Open in 1995 and the US Open in 1992, and became No.1 in the world in men's doubles in February of 1993.
Germany's Florian Mayer, currently No. 47 in the world, turns 30 Mayer has one career title in men's singles and has been ranked as high as No. 18.