Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Exclusive: Israel's US ambassador speaks to FRANCE 24

Read more

#THE 51%

World War One: The war that changed women’s lives

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Ségolène Royal goes for green

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

A look back at some of the Observers' best stories

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults: Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds' (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults: Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds'

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola death toll tops 700

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Dozens of youths trampled to death on Conakry beach

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Renault's women drivers ad deemed sexist

Read more

  • Exclusive: Israel's US ambassador speaks to FRANCE 24

    Read more

  • Live: Israeli soldier feared captured, ceasefire 'over'

    Read more

  • Ugandan court strikes down anti-gay legislation

    Read more

  • Regional summit to tackle deadly Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • French hospital to open wine bar for terminally ill patients

    Read more

  • €2.5 million in cocaine ‘disappears’ from Paris police HQ

    Read more

  • Appeal court keeps French rogue trader Kerviel in jail

    Read more

  • Air France ground workers to strike on August 2

    Read more

  • Interactive: France’s new plan to counter jihadism in Africa

    Read more

  • Ukrainian army suffers losses in separatist attack

    Read more

  • Dozens killed and injured in Taiwan gas blast

    Read more

  • Argentinian markets plummet following default

    Read more

  • French Jews speak of growing fear in Paris amid Gaza conflict

    Read more

  • Video: Inside Hamas ‘terror’ tunnels in Gaza

    Read more

  • Sierra Leone declares state of emergency over spread of Ebola

    Read more

Justine Henin reportedly planning a shock comeback

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-27

Following in the footsteps of her compatriot Kim Clijsters, former world No.1 Justine Hénin is reportedly considering a comeback. Belgium's Hénin, who is back in training officially for exhibition matches, has not confirmed her return.

AFP - Belgian media were speculating Wednesday on a possible return to women's tennis of former world number one and multiple Grand Slam title winner Justine Henin, 15 months after she retired from the game.
   
Noting that Henin, 27, is back in training for exhibition matches, several papers have speculated she may return to the circuit as compatriot Kim Clijsters did earlier this summer.
   
Vers l'Avenir newspaper reported that "Juju has as good as taken her decision to return to competition from January."
   
Neither the Belgian tennis federation nor the player herself commented on the rumours - seven-time Grand Slam title winner Henin is currently abroad working on a charity campaign with Unicef.
   
Close friend and former coach Carlos Rodriguez played down the rumours.
   
"There's nobody telling me of a return. We've not spoken about that. I am really astonished," Rodriguez insisted.
   
But he did confirm that "she is training, yes. Two or three times a week to get herself in shape as she's not played for a year. That's all."
   
However, his wife was quoted as telling Vers l'Avenir that "something is in the offing but I'm not allowed to talk about it."
   
Officially, Henin is down to play exhibition matches at the end of the year in Belgium and Dubai.
   
Under international anti-doping rules Henin would have to inform the game's authorities if she were to return three months beforehand.
   
Before hanging up her racquet in May last year she had spent a total of 117 weeks as world number one.
   
 

Date created : 2009-08-27

COMMENT(S)