Wednesday, 17 March 2010


Belgian Tennis player Justine Henin returned to the WTA Tour at the start of the year after taking a break from the game since 2008 when she announced her retirement from the game. Henin is regarded as one of the most exciting attack minded tennis players in the modern era with the flair comparable to Roger Federer.

At the age of 27 the dedicated likable Belgian has 41 WTA titles and has won The Australian Open in 2004, The French Open in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and the US Open in 2003 and 2007. It has however not been easy for Henin. In 1995 she lost her mother to cancer. She also endured a long time estranged from her family, before recently being reunited. She also married, but later divorced and suffered illness due to a immune system problem which left her with little strength. It was therefore a well earned rest for Justine during 2008 and 2009 where she was able to focus on new things such as charity work and a Belgian TV programme in which she engaged in several different tasks.

Following the successful return to tennis of compatriot and Davis Cup teammate Kim Clijsters, Henin made her own comeback in 2010 and reached the final of the Australian Open. It is just the start for Henin who has a strong following and respected by critics. At 5ft7 Henin manages to overcome opponents much stronger and taller than her, but through huge heart, talent and energy has made herself a major reputation in the game. Henin is also credited with having one of the best one handed back hands the game has ever seen. This following interview carried out with English TV gives an insight into Henin as a person and as a player. Best of luck Justine in 2010.

Justine Henin Interview