It’s becoming difficult to keep track of all the honors Justine Henin is receiving. The world No.1 has been named the 2007 world champion by the International Tennis Federation, and has also won two awards in her native country.
Henin, who triumphed at Roland Garros and the US Open, has been named ITF World Champion for the third time in her career. The 25-year-old Belgian is women’s world champion for the second year running, having also received the honor in 2003. Even though Henin admits that this season has been the best of her career (10 titles, 63-4 win-loss record, became the first woman to earn more than $5 million in a single year, etc.), she still believes that her best tennis is yet to come.
The other two awards Henin has received recently are Belgium’s Athlete of the Year and Belgium’s Sports Personality of the Year. It’s the first time for Justine to win Sports Personality of the Year, while she has been chosen as an Athlete of the Year for the third time (she has previously won in 2003 and 2006). The voting for this national trophy is done by the Belgian sports community, national press and media.
BTW: Take a look at the first photo of Justine Henin and her father after their reunion. (sources: Justine Henin’s site, BBC)