SBJ/June 18 - 24, 2001/This Weeks Issue

Hingis lawsuit: Tacchini shoes hurt my feet

World No. 1-ranked tennis player Martina Hingis sued her former footwear and apparel company for $40 million, arguing its sneakers hurt her feet and forced her to withdraw from tournaments in 1998 and 1999.

Sergio Tacchini, the Italian fashion company, disputed the Hingis claim.

The lawsuit, filed in the Supreme Court of the state of New York on June 6, said Hingis signed a five-year, $5.6 million endorsement contract (plus performance bonuses) in 1996.

Two doctors in 1998 said the Tacchini sneakers Hingis was wearing caused her foot injuries, the lawsuit said. But she kept wearing the shoes until Tacchini terminated her contract in April 1999.

Hingis, who is represented by Octagon, now endorses Adidas. She was a client of IMG when she signed the Tacchini contract, until March 1999.

— Daniel Kaplan

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