Justine Henin to Reportedly Announce Tennis Return on Tuesday

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Updated: September 21, 2009

Former world number one Justine Henin will reportedly end her retirement and announce a comeback to professional tennis on Tuesday, says two prominent Belgian media publications.

Henin retired from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour on May 14, 2008, ending a distinguished career that included seven major titles.

According to the Associated Press, Belgium’s La Derniere Heure and Le Soir have reported the news of Henin’s imminent return.

It has become somewhat of a trend for players to retire early from tennis, only to announce plans to return only a few years later.

If Henin does announce a return to the sport tomorrow, she will follow in the footsteps of other former number one stars including Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, and most recently her countrywoman and newly crowned US Open champion, Kim Clijsters.

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  2. anythingbutlove

    September 21, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Wow!
    One of the all-time great clay court players and certainly one of the games fiercest competitors is returning…
    Welcome back Justine!

  3. Leo

    September 21, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Justine Henin’s impending to return to competitive tennis will make the WTA Tour more competitive and intriguing. Here’s a lady that has gained the respect of players and audience through sheer hardwork, perseverance and dedication.

    When she ascended to the No. 1 ranking nobody questioned her credibility nor her game because that is what put her to that position.

    Her traits and personality is admirable similar to Steffi Graf. Her mental toughness is still unsurpassed by any active player on tour right now.

    Watching her hit the ball with her one handed backhand makes the audience fascinated with her talent. How can a relatively small player produced the most beautiful and powerful backhand in women’s tennis.

    There may be a lot of questions as to why she wants to return to competitive tennis but what is important is for her to do what she loves to do – play tennis.

    Her short lived retirement is good for her since it gave her the opportunity to see life outside tennis. If Kim Clijsters feels motivated to play again after marrying and having a daughter, what more for Justine Henin who was able to enjoy life to the fullest.

    I am excited to see her back on tour again. Her presence will definitely give other players extra motivation to work and play hard.

    Go Justine! Allez!

  4. Nick

    September 21, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    It would be funny if Justine comes out to lay all the rumors to rest and say she’s not coming back at all. That would be something!

  5. Ritchie

    September 22, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Hey Nick! Justine announced her retirement in May 2008..No point in having a press conference to re-iterate the fact…The Belgian Press are prone to Making stuff up to sell copies! This could be just that! It,s today so lets wait and see..I,m going on the Official website Now!

  6. Andrew Broad

    September 22, 2009 at 9:21 am

    There’s such a fine line between never coming back, and coming back and winning a Major. I guess we’ll learn the truth within the next few hours…