According to Belgian newspaper Vers L’Avenir there is a possibility of Justine Henin returning to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour next season.
The Belgian, who abruptly retired in May 2008 while still at the top of the rankings and just ahead of her favorite Grand Slam (Roland Garros), has started training for exhibitions in Belgium and Dubai at the end of this year. Henin’s entourage has confirmed the preparations, while Vers L’Avenir added that Henin is considering the revival of her tennis career.
While retiring, Henin was confident about her decision, stating she wanted to do other things in life, and backed it up months later by saying:
No, no competition is over for me. For me, it’s definitely over. When I took my decision I knew it was forever. So I don’t say I will never be back for an exhibition or for another event in the future. But for me (playing) on the Tour? Yeah, it’s in the past and I won’t come back. I made the right decision and I stick to my decision. I will never change my mind about that decision.
The 27-year-old Henin had claimed 41 WTA titles, including 7 Grand Slams. (source: Tennis.com, photo: Stephane Martinache)