Geneva: Former tennis ace Martina Hingis has been questioned by Swiss police over claims that she assaulted her French husband Thibault Hutin, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.
“The three individuals cited in the complaint were questioned last week, and we prepared a report which was transferred to the justice authorities,” the spokesman said.
Hutin filed a complaint in September over an alleged assault by the 33-year-old Swiss former world No. 1 as well as her mother Melanie Molitor and boyfriend Mario Widmer.
The 27-year-old French equestrian, who married Hingis in December 2010, reportedly claims that the trio beat and scratched him and that Widmer struck him on the head with a DVD player after he tried to defend himself.
He has told Swiss media that he fled to Paris in fear after the alleged incident at the couple’s home in the Swiss village of Feusisberg, and had received a telephone text message threatening to “send the Russians after me”.
The alleged incident came in the wake of what Hutin and Hingis had earlier said were rocky relations between them, which reportedly led them to separate at the beginning of this year.
Hingis, the winner of five Grand Slam singles titles, came back from six years of retirement in July this year to play doubles.
She had originally been set to take part in the Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament in Tokyo in September, but pulled out for what organisers said were personal reasons.
The police spokesman said that it now lay with prosecutors to decide what steps to take regarding Hutin’s complaint.
Hutin, who had accused his wife of serial adultery when the couple separated in July, said he believed Hingis had tried to break into his car a few days before, as he could see that someone had tampered with it and she was the only person other than himself to have a key to the garage.
“As far as I was concerned, there was only one possible culprit: Martina!” he said.
Hutin, who has yet to finalise his divorce with the tennis player, said Hingis had made off with his passport and credit cards when he fled the apartment.
“I have bruises and scratches on the neck, head and right forearm,” he told a Swiss newspaper. “I’m really scared and asking myself, what comes next – a bullet?
“I have been brought up never to hit a woman,” he said. “I fought back because Widmer hit me on the head with the DVD player.”
Police in the central Swiss canton of Schwyz confirmed that Hutin had called them, and that they had been called to deal with a family argument on the evening Hutin described. (Agencies)