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1 November 2002

Martina Hingis in Vienna


Martina Hingis paid a whistle-stop visit to Vienna. Like most tennis stars, she has travelled all over the world. However, she had never been to Vienna. She came not to play tennis, but in acceptance of an invitation from OMEGA Austria to visit the city on the Danube.

The Austrian daily KURIER used Martina Hingis's visit as a platform for launching a project to encourage young Austrian tennis players. On behalf of OMEGA Austria, Martina donated 10.000 Euro. The two most promising players chosen after the selection procedure accepted their cheques in person and took the opportunity to take some valuable tips from their big idol.

During an interview with Austrian national television ORF, Martina donated her OMEGA Speedmaster Automatic with Diamonds to the charity "Licht ins Dunkel". The watch, including an autographed box and postcard, will be auctioned during the program "Sport am Sonntag" along with other rare objects from famous sports personalities.

In the afternoon, Martina took a short sightseeing tour of Vienna - from the Staatsoper to Kaerntnerstrasse, where she visited Juwelier Wagner to try on some exclusive jewellery and the latest OMEGA watch models. "I had only ever passed through Vienna before, but this enchanting city has always fascinated me. You can feel the tradition here, but at the same time a strong cosmopolitan aspect. I like that a lot." No visit to Vienna would be complete without a visit to the Sacher - for coffee and cakes - and a carriage ride, which, as a passionate rider, Martina particularly enjoyed.

In the evening, Martina opened a watch exhibition by the daily newspaper DIE PRESSE in the new Vienna museum district - one of the highlights in the Austrian watchmaking industry's calendar of events.